Ron Brightwell received his BS in Mathematics in 1991 and his MS in Computer Science in 1994 from Mississippi State University. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1995 and is currently Technical Manager of the Scalable System Software Department. While at Sandia, he has designed and developed software for lightweight compute node operating systems and high-performance networks on several large-scale massively parallel systems, including the Intel Paragon and TeraFLOPS, and the Cray T3 and XT series of machines. He has authored more than 60 refereed journal and conference publications. His research interests include high-performance, scalable communication interfaces and protocols for system area networks, operating systems for massively parallel processing machines, and parallel program performance analysis libraries and tools. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the ACM.