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Seeking challenging roles designing, implementing and troubleshooting large-scale, distributed
Adrian Chadd has over 10 years experience in various networking, systems and software related
areas. He has worked in a variety of environments including technology startups, telecommunications
carriers, corporate, consulting, academic and government organisations.
His experience with software, hardware, electronics, networking from all angles - specification,
design, implementation, maintenance and troubleshooting - make him an ideal candidate as part of
a technical group with a mandate to deliver secure, efficient, flexible services in a realistic
His diverse skill-sets and interests give him novel insights into problem solving, debugging
and troubleshooting across all disciplines.
- Network infrastructure - Design, implementation and troubleshooting of ethernet, ATM,
satellite and native IP based networks. End-user technologies include POTS, DSL, wireless,
- Network equipment - Firewalls, routers and switches from vendors including Cisco, Juniper, Foundry, Bay Networks,
Lucent, Alteon, Nokia.
- Network design - BGP and OSPF network design, protocol implementation, troubleshooting.
- Programming languages - highly proficient C, various assembler flavours, Perl; various
level of proficency in C++, Java, Haskell, Python. Exposure to COBOL, Fortran, PL/1.
- Operating systems - Kernel-level development with FreeBSD. Administration and application
development in FreeBSD, Solaris and Linux. Network application development for various versions of Windows.
- Database services - Application developer and administrator using PostgreSQL and MySQL. Some
Oracle application developer exposure.
- Web Proxy services - All aspects of Squid development, troubleshooting, performance work, optimisation and
deployment. Exposure to Cisco ACE and Cache Engines. Forward and reverse proxy environments.
- Embedded systems - Commercial development on Z180 hardware; Atheros MIPS SoC (AR71xx, AR913x.) Exposure to 68HC11, Atmel AVR. Some
exposure to PIC.
- Systems Programming - Event-driven network and disk IO; POSIX threads, distributed message passing, various RPC flavours,
multi-thread and multi-process SMP applications.
- Wireless Development - Ongoing driver development of the Atheros HAL wireless driver in FreeBSD.
- Distributed content caching in large networks - Nanog 17, 1999
- Distributed content caching in large networks, part II - Nanog 18, 2000
- Squid - the anatomy of an internet appliance - 2001, University of UWA, Electrical Engineering, Distributed Applications group
- Developing Network Applications under UNIX - Linux.conf.au Perth, 2003
- Network Applications (or how not to write them) - BSDCan, 2008
- TCP Hijacking - BSDCan developers summit, 2008
- Writing efficient UNIX Disk IO applications - NYCBSDCon, 2008
- Building scalable web apps, and why no-one bothers - 2009
Senior Software Engineer
Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. (San Jose) - December 2011- Present
- Part of the internal wifi hardware driver development - carrier and enterprise platforms.
- Focusing on DFS / radar detection and regulatory requirements.
- Involved in initial chipset prototyping and driver bringup/validation.
Xenion Pty Ltd (Perth) - June 2007 - Present
Skills: Routing/Switching; Web Caching; Squid software design; system administration;
project design and management; Virtualisation and hosting technologies; embedded hardware platform
Xenion Pty Ltd currently provides consulting services for a variety of clients around the world.
- On-going development with transparent proxy/cache services for a US based ISP in Iraq currently serving 15,000 clients
- Development of NNTP/NNRP proxy/load balancing software, allowing single low cost servers to push multi-gigabits of traffic to thousands of clients each (whereas traditional innd/dreaderd/etc will not scale past a couple hundred megabits per server.)
- A proxy upgrade and rollout for a few thousand users for the National Bank of Australia (MLC division);
- Merged in IP spoofing support into FreeBSD-7.x and FreeBSD-8.x to support fully-transparent IPv4 proxy/cache applications;
- Development of Squid traffic management extensions to limit bandwidth used per client download for content delivery networks;
- Integration of Squid and Mediawiki for a wiki service developed for a large US based religious organisation;
- Many improvements to Lusca to allow it to function more effectively as CDN edge nodes - including per-domain traffic billing,
BGPv4 integration for logging and cache peering, and netflow export of client data for live traffic monitoring;
- Integrating support for caching video sites (eg Youtube) and various software update sites (eg Windows Updates) so Lusca cache
farms can both cache content and share it with other caches in the network;
- Designed an embdded Squid/Lusca software suite for use on MIPS/ARM based SoC platforms -
including URL filtering/monitoring/logging support
which was targetted to work on platforms with small amounts of RAM;
- Ported FreeBSD/mips to the Atheros AR91xx/AR724x SoC platforms;
- Designed and developed prototype wireless access point hardware using Ubiquiti Routerstation Pro + SR-71A 802.11abgn radios for use
in underground mining environments - primarily for use in vehicle/personnel location and underground traffic management.
Xenion has been engaged by a variety of companies to work on FreeBSD and Atheros 802.11 support.
These companies include KBC Networks Inc, Hobnob Inc, and Minetec Pty Ltd.
- Added chipset support for the Atheros AR913x and AR9287 wireless devices to FreeBSD;
- Fixed the AR9280 and AR9287 support in FreeBSD;
- Improved the noise handling on the Atheros 802.11n chipsets;
- Debugged and improved calibration handling for Atheros 802.11n chipsets;
- Updated the FreeBSD radar detection and channel handling framework to function correctly;
- Assisted in porting and debugging the Atheros radar detection software to FreeBSD;
- Added 802.11n stack and driver support for all Atheros 802.11n chipsets currently supported by FreeBSD.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering department; University of Western Australia - November 2007 - September 2008
Skills: Routing/Switching; Solaris 8, 9, 10 Administration; Programming (Perl, C, Shell), SAN (Sun StorEdge 3511)
- Provided some temporary system/administration services after the previous administrator left.
- Quickly learnt and documented all existing services.
- Provided support across a wide variety of Cisco, Solaris and Linux platforms including
previously unfamiliar technologies (SAN, Sun SAMFS-QFS).
- Students and staff used these services 24/7 in a variety of capacities.
- Migrated services to Virtualisation platforms (Xen, Solaris Zones).
Denver Technology (Perth) - October 2006 - June 2007
Skills: Cisco routing and bridging technologies; Virtualisation technologies (VMWare, Xen); some
Linux/Solaris administration and software development
- Focused on Cisco-based network and VoIP technologies.
- Supported a wide variety of critical networks spanning state and international borders for a number of clients.
- Implemented monitoring and service/QoS management for one of Western Australia's largest mining companies.
- Tasked with the construction, configuration and installation for the BP Kwinana refinery in Perth;
involved equipment and configuration upgrades to bring the network up to date and provide VoIP
services to all users. Wrote software to automate a large part of the configuration process - which was done by hand at other refineries - dramatically
speeding up the deployment time.
The University of Western Australia (Perth) - October 2003 - October 2006
Skills: Cisco networking (ethernet, IP); Debian/Redhat ser ver installation and maintenance; scripting and
application development (SH, BASH, sed/awk, zsh, C, C++, PHP, Perl, Python), dns, apache-1.x and 2.x;
squid, radiusd, tacacsd, imp/horde, rancid (cisco config management), lrrd, munin, smokeping,
Nagios, Mysource, some Oracle DB interfacing, sendmail, postfix, qmail, exim, Xen, VMWare.
- Part of a three-person team responsible for the state-wide UWA network services.
- Improved proxy cache performance (Squid running under Linux), dropping CPU usage by almost 95%
and allowing the current proxy service to scale to fit the future needs of the university;
- The redesign of a number of departmental networks on campus to better integrate with the campus
backbone/distribution network and allow more services to be available to endusers;
- The design, implementation and day-to-day maintenance of the University staff and student Webmail
portal which services 20,000 students and 5,000 staff. This replaced an aging and unmaintained
Horde/IMP installation with an up-to-date Horde/IMP install on a Linux Debian platform across multiple
servers in a distributed load-balanced and fault-tolerant configuration.
- Analysis of the 2006 UWA student handbook service (http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/) which performed
poorly during student re-enrollment times (ser ving pages at a rate of 1 every 5 seconds) - MySource core
code, database restructuring and Linux OS tuning along with the use of a modified Squid reverse
proxy-cache dropped access times to sub-second levels. This allowed the University Publications and
University Website groups to concentrate on the 2007 service rather than trying to maintain the 2006 site.
- Frequent testing and day-to-day care of the server backup regime including all student and staff email and
almost a thousand University websites; spanning a terabyte of data in weekly full and nightly incremental
- Re-engineering of current network services to support increased security and network resilience.
- The deployment of network infrastructure in new campus locations throughout Western Australia.
West Australia Networks (Perth) May 2003 - October 2003
Skills: Application development, Debian+Redhat Linux server installation and maintenance, ethernet/IP
networking, advanced IP routing (BGP, OSPF), traffic shaping/management, QoS, L2TP (ADSL, Dialup),
DNS, Apache, Squid, radiusd, AccSys ISP accounting database, Backup services,
locally-written php4 web site hosting+CMS, nagios+mrtg monitoring, Mail (POP,IMAP,SMTP) services.
- Employed initially to consolidate and review the security of existing Linux, Windows and network
- Core networking infrastructure upgrades to support VoIP;
- General software upgrades across all Linux servers;
- General security auditing across all Linux servers; resulting in a combination of per-ser ver tripwire, ipfilter
- rules and log summarizing to report suspicious activity;
- Their initial Australia-wide ADSL offerings, using wholesale Layer 2 and Layer 3 ADSL bundles;
- Their initial Wireless internet deployments to a number of businesses in the Metropolitan Perth area ;
- The design and implementation of a Netflow-based accounting system to account Layer 3 ADSL and
- Wireless internet; integrating into their existing Accounting package (AccSys);
- The introduction of basic workflow and email ticket tracking systems implemented using Request Tracker
Coretel (Perth) January 2003 - May 2003
Skills: ATM + IP networking, IP routing (OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, RIP), Wireless and fibre WAN, Linux/FreeBSD
server administration, Nortel ATM+Wireless equipment, Cisco+Cabletron switches, named, radius, mrtg, cricket, traffacct,
Coretel was a telecommunications provider based in Per th, specializing in Wireless Internet and Telephony.
Their core business was bought by another company, Didasco, sometime in 2005.
- Responsible for the design and maintenance of their Wireless ATM network, spanning half a dozen
points of presence in Western Australia.
- Required quick familiarity with used Nortel Passport ATM switch/routers and the Shasta Broadband IP/ATM service router.
- Also responsible for Linux, FreeBSD and Novell servers implementing their shared e-mail, DNS, reporting and general services.
IP Exchange (Sydney) July 2002 - December 2002
Skills: FreeBSD 4.x installation and administration, Cisco switches and routers, Bay Networks
dialup servers, IP routing (OSPF, IS-IS, BGP), E1 and E3 circuits, PHP+Perl application development, Apache+PHP
hosting, Postfix SMTP, rsync+tar backups, Squid, radius, PostgreSQL user/financial database, MySQL
IP Exchange was an attempt to build an Australia-wide Virtual ISP, with dialup and ADSL deployments in
each major city. The main business, Barekoala, was bought by Dodo Internet sometime in 2003.
- Design and implementation of a virtual ISP accounting/management system, using PHP and PostgreSQL,
controlling all aspects of the operation from online account creation, account management, credit card
billing and various reporting;
- Design and implementation of transparent web proxy/caching, using a locally-modified Squid, to improve
the user experience;
- Design and implementation of a pre-paid card management system - handling all aspects including card
number assignment, reseller tracking and financial reporting;
- Design, implementation and improvements of ISP systems - including a distributed mailbox service and
web hosting service
- The maintenance of over thirty FreeBSD servers - including constant security audits and software
Network Architect/Systems Programmer
InterXion (Amsterdam) March 2000 - September 2001
Skills: MPLS, IP routing (BGP, IS-IS, OSPF), ethernet switching LAN+WAN, wireless technology, FreeBSD
kernel development, C/C++/Perl application development, Solaris 8+Disksuite+Jumpstart server
administration, FreeBSD server installation and administration, Alphaserver
GS160 application development and system maintenance, Cisco routers+switches, Juniper routers, Extreme
switches, OC1/OC3/OC12 Europe and North American IP+MPLS network, apache 1.x, named, radius,
mysql, cricket+mrtg, locally developed route arbitration and network SLA monitoring software.
- Served as both a network engineer and network applications developer.
- Testing and development of MPLS and VLAN solutions, involving Juniper M40 routers and Extreme Black
Diamond/Summit ethernet switches;
- The development of RPSL-driven BGP peering software (based on Zebra); to provide clients with separate
BGP views depending on their registered peering arrangements;
- Implementing and maintaining a Europe-wide network monitoring service, implementing SLA style
monitoring for all InterXion POPs and providing live reports to clients and management;
- Design, testing and deployment of Solaris 8 application hosting using Netra T1 rackmount servers;
including Jumpstart-based hands-off installation with specific customisations available to clients to support
their specific environments
Network/Web Cache Architect
Versatel Telecom (Amsterdam) April 1999 - March 2000
Skills: Solaris 7 administration, FreeBSD administration, Squid-2.3 and 2.4 development,
apache, named, sendmail SMTP, qmail SMTP, HP Openview, Cisco routers/switches, Alteon Acedirector 3
loadbalance/failover switches, OC3 Europe and North Amercan IP network, IP routing (OSPF, BGP, IS-IS,
RIP), ethernet switching LAN/WAN/VLAN.
Speedport was bought by Versatel Telecom in the middle of 1999.
The initial reverse proxy/cache work was presented at NANOG 19 in Montreal, Canada in late 1999. This work
was one of the precursors to large scale content delivery network development.
Network/Web Cache Architect
Speedport (Amsterdam) December 1998 - April 1999
Skills: Solaris 7 administration, FreeBSD administration, Squid-2.3 and 2.4 development, apache, named,
sendmail SMTP, qmail SMTP, HP Openview, Cisco routers/switches, Alteon Acedirector 3
loadbalance/failover switches, OC3 Europe and North Amercan IP network, IP routing (OSPF, BGP, IS-IS,
RIP), ethernet switching LAN/WAN/VLAN.
- Designed, implemented and managed forward and reverse proxy services based on Squid-2.2 on Solaris.
- Developed their internet infrastructure (DNS, SMTP, NNTP.)
- Designed and developed a local network monitoring and management platform for all network devices throughout
North America and Europe.
- Developed a local trouble ticketing and email platform for the Speedport NOC.
- Assisted in the design, rollout and management of their Cisco 12000-series IP network.
iiNet Technologies (Perth) October - December 1998
Skills: Customer Support, Linux application development (Perl.)
- Developed developing in-house applications to support and co-ordinate dialup client software installations across Perth.
Computronics (Perth) June-October 1998
Skills: Visual C, Visual Basic, Z180 development, basic electronics,
GPS software implementation (C), some SCO Unix exposure.
- Developed software for a series of electronic LED signs - both text and video.
- Worked with Z180 and 68HC11 hardware platforms.
- Wrote control software for GPS-based survey and farming equipment.
- Developed software used by a number of Australian Cinemas to display up-to-date movie screening times
on their LED signs.
Ourworld Global Network (Sydney) 1997-1998
Skills: FreeBSD+Linux administration, C/Perl development, IP routing
(BGP, OSPF, IS-IS), IP over Satellite, Cisco routing/switching, MySQL,
Squid proxy/cache work; TCP/IP over satellite optimisation.
- Assisted in the development, deployment and testing of one of Australia's first commercial
Satellite IP rollouts - the OGN network included a 45mbit service via Pan-Am Sat,
delivering bandwidth from California to Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns.
- Developed a number of technologies to improve web browsing and general TCP response,
utilizing a smaller terrestrial link to prioritize bulk traffic versus latency-critical traffic,
giving the performance of a terrestrial link with the available throughput of a satellite service.
- Implemented transparent Squid HTTP proxy work for caching HTTP traffic over satellite and some TCP/IP window scaling rewriting.
Open Source Software Projects
Squid Proxy Cache
Besides general performance, stability and code reorganisation improvements, the following is a
non-exhaustive list of project milestones and features completed for the Squid project.
- (1999) initial storage modularisation work (modio)
- (1999) initial event-driven network work (commloops)
- (2000) integration and testing of initial COSS storage layer work
- (2000) changes to Squid-2.5 to decrease memory allocator use and improve general performance
- (2002) initial Squid-3 tidyup and codebase fork
- (2006) integration and debugging of WCCPv2 support
- (2006) async disk IO support for COSS
- (2006) production-ready COSS support for Squid-2.6
- (2006) production-ready event-driven network IO support for Squid-2.6
- (2006) kqueue, /dev/poll support for Squid-2.6
- (2006) performance work: client-side request parsing rewrite for Squid-2.7 and Squid-3.0
- (2008) Development of client-side delay pool support - limiting bandwidth use per-connection
- (2008) Development of delayed forwarding support for POST
Lusca Proxy Cache
This is a non-exhaustive list of open source work either committed back or will be committed back to the public Lusca repository.
- (2008) Modularisation work - migrating most support and framework code into separate libraries with a defined, minimalistic dependency graph
- (2008) Initial Ipv6 socket framework support
- (2008) Ipv6 ACL, DNS and client database support
- (2009) Solaris event framework support for network IO
- (2009) Performance improvements with the thread based async IO support
- (2009) Introduction of fully transparent proxy support - Linux TPROXY2, Linux TPROXY4, FreeBSD TPROXY
- (2009) Rewritten storage startup and cache index rebuilding code - dramatically improving rebuild time for AUFS
- (2010) Per-domain traffic billing support - suitable for providing peak and average traffic levels suitable for 95% percentile billing
- (1998) Extending libalias to support NAT'ing IP protocols (for GRE/IPIP NAT)
- (1998) Simple extension to ping to timeout after a fixed length of time
- (1998) A simple exec image activator to support Java executables
- (1999) fsck(8) modularisation for multiple-filesystem support
- (1999) Local VM/buffer cache support to wire specific FFS structures in place to speed up innd performance
- (1999) Changes to dumpdev support to allow dumping to swap before single-user startup had completed
- (1999) Work on usermount support
- (1999) Development of a cut-down inode-only FFS for use in proxy/cache and news server environments
- (2008) Fully transparent TCP proxying
- (2009) HVM/Xen work - clock driver, network driver stability, initial SMP stability
- (2009) GEOM module to support logging individual disk operations for analysis and profiling
- (2010) FreeBSD/MIPS related work on the UBNT Routerstation Pro (Atheros AR71xx)
- (2010) Debugged calibration and beacon related issues in the Atheros 5416/9160 driver
- (2010) Extended the FreeBSD/MIPS Atheros SoC support to the AR9132 SoC
- (2010) Added AR910x Wireless MAC/radio support for the Atheros AR9132 SoC
- (2010) Prototyped 802.11n support for the AR9100/AR9160/AR9280 chipsets
- (2011) Added AR9287 support
- (2011) Extended the FreeBSD/MIPS Atheros SoC support to the AR724x SoC
- (2011) Completed the initial 802.11n support for all currently supported 11n chipsets
- (2011) Implemented a test radar detection module for ath(4), as part of regulatory requirement work
- (2012) Implemented 802.11n TX aggregation support for the ath(4) driver
- (2012) Fixed reset and channel change handling in ath(4) for correct 802.11n behaviour
- (2012) Added support for Atheros SoC platforms with calibration/PCI configuration data in SPI flash, in order to run on the various embedded hardware (Ubiquiti, TP-Link, D-Link) available
- (2012) Implemented and debugged the 802.11n BAR TX support for ath(4) TX aggregation
- (2009) Extended pygrub to support FreeBSD disk label information for booting
- (2001) Rewrote the majority of the network/socket code in ircd-hybrid-7 and replaced it with a derivative
of my Squid-2.5 network core
- (2001) Reimplemented the line-based socket buffer code which was then extended to support
reference-count buffer IO
- (2001) Reimplemented much of the parser code
- (2001) Introduced flexible DoS mitigation
I worked on a local Zebra codebase at InterXion as part of their plans to roll out a Europe-wide virtual
- (2000) local changes to support multiple BGP peering tables for use on meshed internet exchanges
- (2001) local changes to support AS path rewriting
- (2001) live RPSL database integration
- Apachebench (2008) - modified to use libevent and IPv6; available on google code - http://code.google.com/p/apachebench-adrian
- httperf (2008) - reimplemented the networking and event scheduling to use libevent
Embedded hardware development, musician.
Available on request.