World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Jim Gettys

Jim Gettys at, January 2006.

Jim Gettys (born 15 October 1953) is an American Linux on handheld devices can be traced.

Gettys worked at HP Labs' Cambridge Research Laboratory. He won the 1997 Internet Plumber of the Year award on behalf of the group who worked on HTTP/1.1. Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf of The X Window System Community at Large.

One of his main goals at OLPC was to review and overhaul much of standard Linux software, in order to make it run faster and consume less memory and power. In this context, he has pointed out a common fallacy among programmers today: that storing computed values in memory is preferable to recomputing those values later. This, he claims, is often false on current hardware, given fast CPUs and the long time it takes to recover from a potential cache miss.

Since 2010 Gettys has been a core member of the group investigating Bufferbloat and the effect it has on the performance of the Internet.[4]

He holds a BSc degree from MIT in Earth and Planetary Sciences (course 12 — EAPS).


  • The Big Interview (Rayiner Hashem, OSNews, 24 November 2003)
  • Interview about the One Laptops Per Child project, by (June 2006): part I, part II.
  1. ^ Gettys, Jim. "So long, and thanks for all the fish". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "User:Jg". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Gettys, Jim (May–June 2011), Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers in the Internet, IEEE Internet Computing 15 (3), IEEE, pp. 95–96,  

External links

  • Jim Gettys' home page at
  • jg's ramblings (Gettys' blog where bufferbloat was first exposed)
  • where work on bufferbloat is taking place
  • HP Labs Inventor Profile: Jim Gettys (January 2004)
  • The X Window System, Version 11 (November, 1990)
  • The (Re)Architecture of the X Window System (July, 2004)
  • Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG (June 1997)
  • Jim Gettys, LinkedIn

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.