The developers and supporters of smartmontools
Table of Contents
- Bruce Allen (Initiator and Project Leader)
- Christian Franke (Developer and Maintainer)
- Guido Guenther (Developer and Maintainer)
- Gabriele Pohl (Team Assistant and Website Maintainer)
- Alexander Shaduri (Developer of GSmartControl)
- Other portraits
Bruce Allen (Initiator and Project Leader)
I am a professor of physics at the U. of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a Director of the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, which is operated by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Leibniz University Hannover.
I got interested in SMART because of my research work. I work on data analysis for gravitational waves (the LIGO, GEO and VIRGO detectors) and my research groups build and operate large computer clusters for this purpose. My research group at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover operates a cluster with 2400 disks (the Atlas Cluster) and 1100 TB of storage. My research group at U. Wisconsin - Milwaukee runs a beowulf cluster with 1200 (SATA-II) distributed disks attached to hardware RAID controllers. We have more than 300 TB disk space on that system. It's nice to have advanced warning when a disk is going to fail.
Smartmontools is the only open-source software project that I manage. When smartmontools first started in 2002, I did most of the coding and real work. I was lucky to quickly find several other developers like Doug Gilbert and Christian Franke who knew much more than I did! These days I mostly do coordination and cheerleading - in any given technical area there are typically other developers who know more than I do.
I also do some work on BOINC, and run the Einstein@Home distributed search for gravitational waves.
Christian Franke (Developer and Maintainer)
My interest in hard disk monitoring actually starts when the disk of the christmas-gift-PC for my son failed in the evening of Dec. 23, 2003. This resulted in a first Windows port of smartctl checked in on Feb. 23, 2004. Future plan for smartmontools is a major redesign of smartd and the internal device interface, which benefits from the transition from C to C++.
My other open source contributions include some small patches for Cygwin and Mozilla.org (Firefox/Thunderbird/SeaMonkey and Bugzilla) codebase, a Windows port of hdparm, and a recent Cygwin port of GRUB2.
In real life, I hold a degree in computer science and work for a company developing applications for banking & finance.
Guido Guenther (Developer and Maintainer)
Guido has a sharp eye for distribution issues and clean system architecture. He improves Makefiles, configuration and installation scripts, cares for packaging issues and makes sure that Return Values are correct. Last not least, he added CCISS (Compaq Smart Array Controller) support with contributions from Praveen Chidambaram, Douglas Gilbert and Frederic Boiteux.
Gabriele Pohl (Team Assistant and Website Maintainer)
I joined Smartmontools developer team in May 2008 to rebuilt the old homepage to a multipage (but even static) website. This was a first larval stage. Inbetween we moved to a more collaborative space with Trac and Wiki, so every one can participate in an active manner. Contributions are welcome!
In July 2009 I moved the sourcecode repository from CVS to Subversion for better integration in TRAC (Tickets, Wiki). Thanks to Christian, we got more advantages from the change, e.g. if built from trunk, the first line of Smartmontools output reports the SVN revision date and number. So if you send smartctl output, we can now identify the exact revision :-)
At the time I am moderator of developers mailing list and take care of our project facilities at sourceforge.
Alexander Shaduri (Developer of GSmartControl)
A few years ago I felt that I wanted to contribute something to the open source community, being a heavy user of all the open source software out there. I started looking for areas that needed some work and found that there were no user-friendly HDD health inspection tools for the Linux desktop users. A few months later GSmartControl was born. Because of excellent portability of smartmontools, GSmartControl was very easy to port to a myriad of operating systems I never even used before.
Thanks to the friendly community of smartmontools developers, the relationship between smartmontools and GSmartControl is progressing nicely. My wishes for the future of smartmontools would be a solid API, even better support for various controllers and drives (although it's already excellent), and of course, more user data saved thanks to the early detection of future failures. :)