c/o Atlantic Computing
West Hartford, CT 06127
President—Atlantic Computing, 2005 - present
I am the majority owner and president of
This is the second incarnation of
I sold the first
Articon-Integralis in 2000.
We started over as Halestar in 2005,
concentrating on Internet security.
We won contracts with the State of Connecticut
and kindled relationships with a dozens of large
We also picked up WiFi as a discipline in 2006.
Halestar parted out the data
security discipline and began operating
as Atlantic again around 2012.
Since then, Atlantic has been
focused primarily on enterprise WiFi, and
we now claim about a quarter of the municipalities and school districts in Connecticut as
President—Brainhat, 1996 - present
Brainhat is an effort
to slay the quintessential challenge in
computer science: to create a sentient machine.
Given a long time horizon,
we've been able to make some
Brainhat's technology is knowledge-based computing,
the primitives are ideas,
and operands are comparisons, inferences and neighborhoods.
It has the potential to be a foundation for
household robotics, predictive security, simulation and automation.
Past Brainhat work included sustained efforts with speech recognition,
VoiceXML, robotics (for NASA), and human language interfaces to
The program has
found its way into numerous
Though it was my day job for a time, it is a part-time
effort at present.
A significant new release is due in 2015.
www.brainhat.com for more information.
Following the sale of Atlantic to Articon-Integralis in 2000, I ran
the U.S. operations.
I continued to
develop and maintain customer relationships.
I was responsible for merging the company into the foreign management and support structures.
I participated in M&A activities and led the staff of 40 employees. I
left after two years, as was my plan from the time of sale.
President—Atlantic Computing, 1993 - 2000
I founded the company that was to become the U.S. presence for
Integralis, a multinational network security integrator.
nothing, we built a great staff, customer
base, managed security
practice, infrastructure, and a channel program that Integralis still
enjoys to this day.
Atlantic began by helping other organizations
connect to the Internet and build the infrastructures needed for web
services and communications. We soon adopted a
wide variety of security offerings. We produced custom URL filters,
hand-crafted exploits and protections, and managed service components.
For a time, Atlantic was the largest Check Point and Nokia reseller on
the East Coast. We had a customer base that spanned the U.S. I
personally cultivated relationships with Bell Atlantic (Verizon),
Sprint and MCI so that we could resell network security products
through their sales forces. Atlantic was acquired by Integralis in
combination with a secondary offering on the Neuer Markt (now defunct)
in spring, 2000.
Staff Lead—Advanced Computing Technology Center, 1990 - 1993
I was the senior staff member in a corporate-funded project to bring
advanced computing technologies to UTC divisions. Particularly, we
focused on parallel computing and the then-burgeoning IP network
technologies. I traveled, presented and consulted within United
Technologies divisions. As the project rolled to a close, I left UTC
to bring Internet connectivity to other corporations under the
Atlantic Computing banner.
Development Engineer—Multiflow Computer, 1985 - 1990
Multiflow Computer was a minisupercomputer start-up out of Yale. We
produced a Very Long Instruction Word machine from scratch and sold
almost 100 units.
In my role, I proselytized, helped customers port
and benchmark applications and trained other
staff members. I also
created profilers, optimizers and horizontal microcode for
transcendental functions. I wrote High Performance Computing as a
take-away from the experience.
I worked primarily on simulators and safety systems
that came about as a response to the
Three Mile Island accident.
Particularly, these systems were "artificial intelligence" platforms
to aid operators during a
transient so they could better understand
what was happening.
I spent most of the summer of 1982 at the Loviisa
Nuclear Power Station in southern Finland involved in an OECD test of
the usefulness of these systems. This newspaper clip is from the
Helsingen Sanomat. That is me in the simulator control room, near the
I performed a year-long safety systems simulator upgrade to Southern
California Edison's San Onofre plant.
I designed and built a
number of panel instrumentation for Baltimore Gas and Electric's Calvert
Cliffs plant simulator.
The Fourth of July
My first published work of fiction (2012) was the product of
start-up publisher, Roundabout Press.
The manuscript was chosen through a competitive review process.
Funding for the initial printing was raised through a Kickstarter campaign.
Sam Haft reading Father Ivan
"It's summer 1974 on an island off the coast of Connecticut, and all Jack Smith wants is a vacation like he enjoyed in his youth:
swimming, sailing and sunshine.
But Jack finds his summer plans quickly spiraling out of control.
His estranged wife follows him to the island looking for money.
The priest and constable are conspiring his ruin.
And the local Lolita is intent upon seducing him.
Jack suddenly has more problems than he can handle, and he deals with them the only way he
with rum and romance,
all leading to a calamitous Fourth of July in Kevin Dowd's hilarious first novel."
Rear Commodore—Niantic Bay Yacht Club, 2015
I am the Rear Commodore of the Niantic Bay Yacht Club, where I have been
a member since birth.
I have also served as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Corresponding
The Rear Commodore has traditionally been in charge of "all things
wet" at the club.
That includes being the chief supporter of sailing
and racing and working closely with the Waterfront, Race, and Sailing
Treasurer—Niantic Bay Sailing Academy, 2015
I am managing the books for a 501(c)(3), which I find interesting,
and is pretty much the last form business organization for my collection.
The Niantic Bay Sailing Academy's mission is to promote and develop a
forum to educate youth and others in seamanship, general navigation,
sailboat racing and to reinforce life and leadership skills, build
character and self-esteem through an appreciation of boating and
awareness of important natural resources that support these activities.
Member—Atlantic Class Association
I have an Atlantic Class 30' one-design sloop, Flying Cloud, hull number four.
A4 is my second Atlantic.
We race out of Niantic Bay and compete with fleets from Madison, Cedar Point, Cold Spring
Harbor, NY and Blue Hill, ME.
The Atlantic is beautful boat, designed by Starling Burgess in the 1920s.
I am a third generation Atlantic owner within my family.
My grandfather bought his first in 1941. www.atlanticclass.org
I protest that fixing my own pipes doesn't make me a professional plumber.
So I think it is with "musicians."
But, I have been playing music for forty years, and I know a few tricks,
so I guess I must be at an amateur plumber level, at least.
I like to play a little bit of classical piano.
But one of my favorite musical distractions is winging it.
I gave up the band that always
practiced and never played out for
the one that plays out and never practices.
The arguments and stabs of adrenaline are unmatched fun.
I also very much enjoy improvising and recording with one of my high school friends.
The ground rules are: we make it up (typically) and record it in one evening (usually about two
hours), and there's no going back and fixing it the next day.
If we played more 7ths and 9ths, that would be called improvisational jazz.
We do play a lot of diminished chords, but nobody gets credit for that.
So, we don't have a name for what we do.
But we have a lot of recordings.
I've published a couple of technical books.
Of the two technical books, my far-and-away favorite
is High Performance Computing.
It came out at a time when "high performance
computing" meant parallel supercomputers, like Cray machines and weird
massively parallel matrix architectures.
The book covered that, but it
also talked about more pedestrian stuff, like the new breeds of
processors coming from Sun Microsystems, IBM and Intel.
At the time, supercomputing was an area for more
lettered men and women. But I had a lot of practical
experience. I'd just left Multiflow Computer,
a parallel supercomputer
start-up out of
Yale, where I'd spent much of four years optimizing scientific code to
run on our own bizarre architecture.
I completed the book when I was working at United Technologies
Research Center (UTRC) in 1993. UTRC was a goldmine for information
about the computer architectures from the 50s and 60s. A lot of the
engineers just reaching retirement age had worked with the IBM 704 and
other neat old computers. They still had the manuals!
High Performance Computing
started to age by the late nineties, and
the publisher took it out of print. Charles Severance of the
University of Michigan wrote me and said "I'll update it!," which he
did quite ably, and it went back into print for a time. Interestingly,
High Performance Computing still shows up in the reference lists on
syllabi. And it sells for more than it did when it was in print! That
makes me happy—a 20 year-old computer book that's still relevant.
The second book, Getting Connected, was about Internet plumbing. I
wrote it during the time when people were just starting see what the
Internet was all about. Getting Connected never got the audience I
hoped for, but it became the reference book that the sales
teams at UUNet and Bell Atlantic were given, and that
translated into a lot of business
for Atlantic Computing, my company,
through the 90's and into
Eventually, that led to the sale of the company.