The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the appointment of Bobby Johnson to its Board of Trustees. Johnson is the CTO of Interana, the world's fastest and easiest to use system for analyzing event and time-series data. Interana was founded in 2013 with a vision to make fast, intuitive, visual and interactive exploration of event data directly accessible to everyone in tomorrow’s digital businesses.
”The history of computers and software has deeply shaped the world we live in today. I am excited to join the Computer History Museum to help preserve and understand that history, and share it as it affects the world we are moving towards,” said Johnson.
Prior to Interana, Johnson was director of engineering at Facebook, where he led the infrastructure engineering team for six years. During that time, his team scaled the site from a few million users to a billion. Johnson personally wrote a number of the early systems, including Scribe, and the first version of Haystack, which stores all of Facebook's photos. His team wrote Hive and Cassandra, and was responsible for building the memcache/mysql stack – a database that holds trillions of objects and answers billions of queries per second.
“Bobby is a dynamic next-generation software entrepreneur and engineer who sees how history leads us to the future,” said Len Shustek, the Museum’s board chairman. “He is an ideal fit for the Museum’s Board of Trustees.”
Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Caltech.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images.
The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours, and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by USA Today as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” “Make Software: Change the World,” opened in 2017, illustrates the impact of software on the world through the stories of seven iconic and widely used applications. Other current exhibits include the “Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles,” “Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace,” “The Trillion-Dollar Startup,” and demonstration labs featuring fully restored and working models of the DEC PDP-1 and the IBM 1401 systems. For more information and updates visit computerhistory.org.