|Born||citation needed]20 January 1966 [|
|Known for||various contributions to FreeBSD and Varnish|
Poul-Henning Kamp (Danish: [ˈpʰʌwl ˈhene̝ŋ ˈkʰɑmˀp]; born 1966) is a Danish computer software developer known for work on various projects including FreeBSD and Varnish. He currently resides in Slagelse, Denmark.
Poul-Henning Kamp has been committing to the FreeBSD project for most of its duration. He is responsible for the widely used MD5crypt implementation of the MD5 password hash algorithm, a vast quantity of systems code including the FreeBSD GEOM storage layer, GBDE cryptographic storage transform, part of the UFS2 file system implementation, FreeBSD Jails, malloc library, and the NTP timecounters code.
He is the lead architect and developer for the open source Varnish cache project, an HTTP accelerator.
In 2006, Kamp had a dispute with electronics manufacturer D-Link in which he claimed they were committing NTP vandalism by embedding the IP address of his NTP servers in their routers. The dispute was resolved in April 2006.
A post by Poul-Henning on the FreeBSD mailing lists is responsible for the popularization of the term bike shed discussion, and the derived term bikeshedding, to describe Parkinson's law of triviality in open source projects - when the amount of discussion that a subject receives is inversely proportional to its importance. Poul-Henning Kamp is known for his preference of a Beerware license to the GNU General Public License (GPL).
On May 8, 2019, Kamp tweeted "I thought anti-semitism was *unfounded* hatred of Jews ? If you hate them because they did something awful, like implement apartheid, it is not anti-semitism, but perfectly justified critique of people who in particular should know better than that." Clarifying on a blog post later, he wrote that "I will readily admit that it was probably not my most skilled use of Twitter, but I stand by my point." Kamp went on to say that he "detests their cowardice" for not being "appalled and up in arms over the atrocities against UNs Human Rights being done in the name of their religion."
Poul-Henning Kamp has published a substantial number of articles over the years in publications like Communications of the ACM and ACM Queue mostly on the topics of computing and time keeping. A selection of publications: