Technical Steering Committee

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Jeffrey D. Brown, IBM Systems.  Jeff is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology.  He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Physics from Washington State University in 1981.  He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1982.  Jeff has over 25 years of experience in VLSI development including processor, memory, and IO subsystem development projects for IBM multi-processor systems and servers.  He is the coauthor of more than 40 patent filings.  He has been the Chief Engineer on several processor and SOC chip development programs including Waternoose for the XBOX360 and Power Edge of Network.  Jeff is currently actively involved in the OpenPOWER Foundation and chairs the Technical Steering Committee.


The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) of OpenPOWER has been established. It is composed of the chair of each OpenPOWER Work Group as well as a delegate from each of its Platinum Members. Each member of the OpenPOWER TSC shall serve for a two-year term.

The operation of the TSC is governed by rules of process approved by the Board and led by an elected TSC chairman.

Responsibilities of the TSC include:

  • Recommending the charter of new Work Groups to the Board; including scope of work and confidentiality level;
  • Resolving technical conflicts within and between Work Groups;
  • Evaluating requests for inter-project collaboration and recommending the chartering of new Work Groups to facilitate such collaboration;
  • Monitoring the technical progress of Work groups;
  • Approving OpenPOWER Standards Final Deliverables;
  • Establishing OpenPOWER Standards Final Deliverable quality standards, technical best practices and release dates;
  • Approving changes by Work Groups to OSS Communities and OSS Licenses in the Work Group’s charter, and under section 3.5 of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy;
  • Regularly reporting on progress of Work Groups to the Board.