And the Emmy goes to…    LTFS


IBM LTO5 data tape media.

OMFG! My project won an Emmy!

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards. This year, one of four Engineering Emmys will be awarded one of which goes to IBM for the LTFS technology.

I was responsible for the architecture, format specification, and development lead for the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) from the start of the product development. During my work on LTFS I was instrumental in producing LTFS Single Drive Edition for Linux, OS X and Windows in 2010 (all platforms released within 12 months of starting the project); producing LTFS Library Edition in 2011; and laying plans for future LTFS products up to my last day at IBM.

omgbbqwtf!! Over.

“I’d like to thank the Academy, …”

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7 Responses to And the Emmy goes to…    LTFS

  1. Pingback: LTFS has won an Emmy! | go ahead, mac my day

  2. John Hoehn says:


    Please read the award announcement carefully. While it uses the label “LTFS” it seems to be referring to the Fox NE&O HD Archive project started with IBM in 2005. This was a project that I led and was graced with highly talented individuals – Rainer Richter, John Ying (now with Sony), and Michael Baba.

    I believe the work that you did at IBM Research was superlative and has helped enhance the work we started at Fox (and with feedback from our work at PGA Tour and the concept of “content disaster recovery” and Durabytes).

    Certainly, together, we evolved the capabilities of data tape in the video and broadcast world.

    Stay in touch – don’t be a stranger.


  3. anonymous coward says:

    HAHA! [redacted]. I cant believe he just tried to tell you that his project won and not yours, as if you wouldnt know!

  4. Maheedhar says:

    Congrats for your contribution to the project Michael !! way to go

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