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LavaRnd people: Inventors and credits

Contacting LavaRnd

See the contact-us page for information about contacting LavaRnd.

Landon Curt Noll - LavaRnd co-inventor

Landon Curt Noll has been using Unix since 1974. He has been communicating over the ARPAnet / Internet for nearly that long. Among his several areas of specialization are security risk evaluation, Unix system and infrastructure hardening, Linux firewalls, security incident response, and cryptographic security. Landon's underlying philosophy of security is that it is an enabler.

Landon is a consultant for SystemExperts. Prior to joining SystemExperts, Landon was the Principle Architect for Certive. Prior to that he spent five years with SGI in a variety of roles working consultatively with both SGI customers and SGI engineering teams. His SGI security responsibilities encompassed cryptography, PKI, Linux development, and networking.

Landon Curt Noll is the 'N' in the widely used FNV hash. He is also the founder and judge of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest. He was an active member of working group that developed the initial drafts of the IEEE POSIX P1003.1 and P1003.2 standards. He serves as a Cooperative Computing Award adviser to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was the co-author of the SMail mail transport system and has been a key contributor to Usenet.

Landon has significant experience in Number Theory, Cryptography, and Cryptology including PKI design, secure protocol development, and key management. He is a co-inventor of the SGI classic lavarandtm: a method of seeding Pseudo-Random Number Generator using a chaotic source. Landon has developed or co-developed several high speed computational methods. In addition to his publications, Landon has held or co-held 8 world records related to the discovery of large prime numbers.

Landon is an active citizen in his Sunnyvale California community. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, City Council member, and Vice Mayor. While he recently he took a leave of absence from elected office Landon is actively involved in influencing local, state and national policy on matters relating to the Internet.

Landon maintains an active interest in Astronomy. In his spare time he models the orbits of Near-Earth Asteroids. He is also a dedicated total solar eclipse observer. Landon has conducted a number of research projects at the Fremont Peak Observatory. He has served volunteer giving a hosting a number of observing programs for both park visitors and private groups.

Landon graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Math/Physics.

Simon Cooper - LavaRnd co-inventor

Simon Cooper is a computer professional currently working in the San Francisco bay area for Apple Computer, Inc. He has worked in different computer related fields ranging from hardware through operating systems and device drivers to application software and systems support in both commercial and educational environments. He is an author of the 2nd Edition of Building Internet Firewalls published by O'Reilly and Associates.

Simon has an interest in the activities of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Usenix. He is a member of the British Computer Conservation Society and a founding member of the Computer Museum History Center. He serves as a Cooperative Computing Award adviser to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Simon is a judge of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest. He is in charge of producing the 17th International Obfuscated C Code Contest.

Simon has released a small number of his own open source programs and has contributed time and code to the XFree86 project. Simon was a contributor to the SGI classic lavarandtm project. Together with Landon, Simon co-invented LavaRnd.

In his spare time Simon likes to play ice hockey, solve puzzles of a mathematical nature and tinker with Linux.

LavaRnd people: Credits and Acknowledgments

  • Mel Pleasant - Editor & Adviser
    For providing valuable advise and assistance in helping organize and edit this site. The LavaRnd story is told through the this web site is due to Mel's considerable efforts. As a way of saying thanks, Simon and Landon added Mel to the list of web site copyright holders.

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  • Hamilton Meyer - HM Images
    For creating the art theme and graphics for this site. We really appreciate Ham's work. Click on his logo for more information about the types of things Ham is/has done.

  • Bob Mende & Sanjeev Sisodiya - SGI classic lavarand co-inventors
    For being cool thinkers well outside of the box! For co-inventing SGI classic lavarand which served as inspiration for LavaRnd.

  • Tom McNichol - Wired Magazine
    For wanting to write about LavaRnd, for authoring an article in the Aug 2003 issue of Wired Magazine, pp. 88-89. And for causing us to commit to a firm date when the technology and this site would be released.

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  • David Watson - SGI Mgmt Static Protector
    For protecting and defending the SGI classic lavarand co-inventors and signing all of those purchase orders for LAVA LITEtm Lamps! (David can be reached via Locate, Inc.
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