H. Peter Anvin

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H. Peter Anvin
Anvin speaking at FOSDEM in 2009
BornHans Peter Anvin
(1972-01-12) 12 January 1972
Västerås, Sweden
OccupationSoftware engineer
EmployerIntel Corporation
Known forSYSLINUX, Linux kernel

Hans Peter Anvin (12 January 1972), also known as hpa, is a Swedish-American computer programmer who has contributed to free and open-source software projects. Anvin is the originator of SYSLINUX, Linux Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (LANANA), and various Linux kernel features.


Peter Anvin grew up in Västerås, Sweden. He moved to the United States in 1988, as a teenager, when his father moved to Chicago.

Anvin was previously maintainer of the linux.* Usenet newsgroup hierarchy and the Linux kernel archives at kernel.org, wrote the original Swap Space How-to, and the "Linux/I386 Boot Protocol" (file: linux/Documentation/i386/boot.txt)

Peter Anvin graduated in 1994 from Northwestern University, where he also was president of the Northwestern Amateur Radio Society (W9BGX); his amateur radio call sign is AD6QZ (formerly N9ITP). According to his personal web site, he is a believer in the Baháʼí Faith.

In addition to his regular employment at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, Anvin was a long-time co-maintainer of the unified x86/x86-64 Linux kernel tree, chief maintainer of the Netwide Assembler (NASM) and SYSLINUX projects. Previous employers include Transmeta, where he performed as architect and technical director; Orion Multisystems, working on CPU architecture and code morphing software; and rPath.

Linux kernel works


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  4. ^ "Han snodde Finlands Linux-Linus". Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (in Swedish). February 15, 2003.
  5. ^ "Reunion 2009 – Class of 1994 – Who's Wanted". Reunions & Homecoming. Northwestern Alumni Association. April 8, 2009. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  6. ^ "H. Peter Anvin's home page". Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  7. ^ H. Peter Anvin (January 25, 2018). "x86: Mark hpa as a "Designated Reviewer" for the time being". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Anvin, H. Peter (2004–2009). "The mathematics of RAID-6" (PDF). kernel.org. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  9. ^ H. Peter Anvin (August 27, 2011). "RFD: x32 ABI system call numbers". Retrieved January 29, 2018.