Re: TOC nomination: Benjamin Hindman

alexis richardson


On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 6:32 PM, Aaron Bell via cncf-toc
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I would like to nominate Benjamin Hindman—a leader in the movement toward
cloud-native application architectures—as a member of the Technical
Oversight Committee for the CNCF. Ben was one of the original members of the
AMPLab [1] at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-created of
Apache Mesos [2] (he is now a vice president at the Apache Software
Foundation, where he oversees the Mesos project). He led the Mesos team at
Twitter, overseeing the replatforming of Twitter on Mesos. Since 2012, Ben
has been the co-founder and chief scientist at Mesosphere.

Apache Mesos is considered a key technology in cloud-native computing [3].
In addition to Twitter, it runs some of the largest cloud-native clusters in
the world at companies such as Apple (with which Ben worked closely as a
consultant), Airbnb, Verizon, Samsung and many more. Mesos has been
integrated as the core technology is Microsoft’s Azure Container Service,
and has helped usher in a coming mass adoption of microservices in

Under Ben’s guidance, both Apache Mesos and Mesosphere have embraced and
expanded the ecosystem of open source technologies required for building
next-generation applications. The list of projects currently integrated with
Mesos and Mesosphere’s commercial Datacenter Operating System includes
Kubernetes, Docker, Marathon (developed by Mesosphere), Apache Spark, Apache
Cassandra and Apache Kafka.

Prior to the creation of Mesos in 2010, Ben conducted advanced distributed
computing and software programming research at various institutions,
including the University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Google, and the
UC-Berkeley. At UC-Berkeley, Ben also worked on a precursor to Mesos called
Lithe; was a member of its RAD Lab and Par Lab programs (predecessors to the
AMPLab); and helped develop the Dominant Resource Fairness algorithm [4].
Along with its eventual creators (and UC-Berkeley peers), Ben helped
conceive of Apache Spark as a sample framework for data-processing on Mesos.

Ben’s deep knowledge of distributed computing, as well as his experience
building production cloud-native environments and packaging open source
software for commercial use, make him an excellent candidate for the CNCF
Technical Oversight Committee.


Aaron Bell
Engineering Manager, Mesosphere

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