Carl Sassenrath - History
Carl Sassenrath is the founder and CTO of REBOL Technologies.
is best known for his
original design and implementation of the Amiga Multitasking Operating System.
Sassenrath grew-up in the town of Eureka in Northern California where he
became interested in broadcast television and film production.
In the early 70's he landed a job as a cameraman at the local ABC network affiliate and worked his way up to being a director before graduating from high school.
It wasn't until Sassenrath attended the University of California, Davis, that he was first exposed to computers as a tool to help simulate brain function while he worked as a neuro-physiology research assistant.
It was this work in neuroscience that inspired him toward inventing new methods of distributed computing in the years that followed.
was recruited in 1979 to the Hewlett Packard
Computer Systems Division as an operating system engineer, during which time he
also completed his
degree at Davis and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1980.
focused on the design and performance of HP's
MPE operating system kernel.
In 1981 Sassenrath took a break from HP and joined an Antarctic research team from Stanford University as a research scientist at the South Pole.
Returning to HP
in 1982, Sassenrath
engineered one of the first graphically oriented user interfaces (GUI).
The resources provided at HP
to carefully study the design of every operating system of the day and develop new system concepts around parallel processing and distributed computing.
When Amiga Computer, Inc.
extended an invitation to Sassenrath
in 1983, they promised that he
could write whatever operating system he
wanted for use in the new Amiga computer.
After Amiga, Sassenrath joined Apple Computer Advanced Technology Group, where he lead the development of a next-generation object-oriented operating system for a secret parallel processing computer that was to eventually replace the Macintosh.
In 1988, Sassenrath
escaped from Silicon Valley lifestyle and bought a ranch in Northern California where he
designed and built a house, planted a vineyard and now makes his
own personal label of wine.
Located in a small mountain community, Sassenrath has continued his pursuit of distributed system technologies by founding Pantaray, Inc., American Multimedia, and Videostream, Inc. - all of which provided various multimedia solutions, including Internet TV set-top boxes, CDTV (the world's first CD- ROM TV set-top box), and content authoring systems.
In 1996, Sassenrath set aside all other work to focus solely on his vision of creating a new distributed computing architecture for the Internet, and he founded REBOL Technologies, located in Ukiah, California.