Author: John Thomson

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John Thomson

John Thomson has been working on software for over thirty years, having done a degree in Computing Science in the early 80s at Glasgow University. His focus has always been networking, in particular Local Area Networks, including years working on international standards for protocols - back in the early days of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). Having worked for a number of multinational companies (both large and small) he has been with Abaco (or its predecessors) since 2000, and leads the team of software people working on OpenWare – our Ethernet switch management suite. The OpenWare team is based in Edinburgh and California.   He and his wife took a career break for five years in the early 1990s, and were heavily involved in relief and development work (with Unicef and others) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He still claims to remember enough of the Mongolian language to ask for some very interesting foodstuffs! 

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A day in the life of the Network Innovation Centre

Abaco has a number of Innovation Centers around the world, one of which is in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our office there is at the heart of of our networking development and customer support.


Learning lessons

When we helped the US Navy upgrade the networks on its fleet, we learned a lot - some obvious things, and some less obvious. John Thompson summarizes the lessons we hope to leverage in the future.


Nothing New

Just because something didn't used to seem to work very well, doesn't mean it still doesn't - as John Thomson finds out when he revisits static analysis, a software technique designed to improve the quality of software code.


Trends in Ethernet Switch Development

Sometimes, advances in hardware can have an unintended impact on software performance - but when you control your own software, it becomes a lot easier to fix the problem.


RES3000 Rugged Ethernet Switch

What's So Open About OpenWare? Part Two

How does our OpenWare Ethernet switch management software deliver the flexibility and functionality you need? We built it with the perfect balance of open source and proprietary tools. Here’s how.



What’s So Open About OpenWare?

We’ve always believed in the power of open source software to deliver flexible and secure performance—and with our OpenWare switch management package, we’re bringing that power to our customers.


Networking Center

We’re Growing!

We're taking on new recruits at our Networking Center of Excellence! Engineers will learn how Ethernet switches are used in the military and aerospace market and come up with solutions to give us a competitive advantage.


MQ-9 Reaper

Ethernet Switches: Why Time Matters

It’s no coincidence that our blog is called The Connected Battlefield. Communications networks are at the heart of modern military operations. But there’s more to the name than that. At Abaco, networking—and especially rugged networking—is fundamental to what we do. What that means is that we spend a great deal of time understanding our customers’ problems—and helping solve them. Here’s a recent example. Ethernet technology now dominates...