Bruce D. Sidlinger
Bruce D. Sidlinger began designing and programming computer systems in 1970 at the age of 12, was granted early acceptance to Southern Methodist University, and has focused on the design of highly-technical systems full-time since 1976. He is president and owner of Sidlinger Computer Corporation, which provides technical assistance to telephone companies and other entities. Before starting SCC in 1985, Bruce was director of research at Alcor Aviation (designing FAA-certified aircraft electronics), a scientific programmer at Texas Instruments, and a programmer at Recognition Equipment.
SCC’s initial specialties were the internal architectures of Digital Equipment Corporation’s RT, RSX, and VMS operating systems and DECnet and IP networking protocols, as well as system and real-time programming in assembly language, including industrial process control applications supporting steel mills. SCC was also solely responsible for the design, implementation, and operation of nationwide data networks for two retail store chains and an automobile rental chain. Common to all these projects was a requirement for ultra-reliable computing and networking to support aviation/industrial safety, critical data security, and commercial process/revenue continuity.
Bruce was also a very early researcher in the field of computer and network security, and co-authored a peer-reviewed paper at Trinity University which was nationally recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1998. He later developed and presented computer and network security classes for NASA and Air Force programmers, and provided security auditing services and penetration testing for major corporations.
Bruce is best known as an expert on data networking in general and the Internet in particular. He has spoken at many technical symposia on leading-edge developments in local-area and wide-area networking. (In a single year, for example, Bruce was a compensated presenter in Dublin, London, Melbourne, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.) Bruce was an early implementer and integrator of networking technologies which subsequently became common including fiber-optic transmission (ultimately multigigabit and DWDM), IP routing (including ultra-high-end carrier routing systems such as Cisco’s 7600 and CRS-1), early ISDN, early frame relay, xDSL, voice-over-IP, WAN video conferencing, SNMP/RMON/NetFlow, and multimedia transport.
As a contractor providing training and research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a vendor of data network design services for the Air Force and Army, SCC was an NSF-era Internet node as part of the Texas Higher Education Network (THEnet/Sesquinet) and one of Cisco's original router purchasers (in fact, Cisco's very first e-commerce customer). SCC also operated a training facility for NASA located at the Johnson Space Center campus, and Bruce’s consulting services were additionally made available to the USAF through a relationship with TRW. Sidlinger Computer Corporation continues to conduct a substantial amount of research into many leading-edge technologies, and Bruce has repeatedly returned to leading universities for additional formal education.
Bruce received his bachelor’s degree in computing and information science from Trinity University and has completed many additional years of undergraduate and graduate school in business, accounting, economics, computer science, philosophy, math, and physics. Bruce taught the undergraduate mechanics (Physics 1303/1403) recitation at SMU in 2003 and his most recent academic interest was high-energy physics, which included courses at SMU and visits to Harvard and CERN (Geneva) for the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS detector. Separately, he is an airline transport pilot, helicopter pilot, seaplane, glider, and balloon pilot, and remotely-piloted/autonomous aircraft designer, and a voting member of ASTM Committee F38, which is currently developing the US federal aviation regulations for unmanned aircraft systems.