Tom Salata - Principal Engineer
I graduated from Oregon State University in June of 2017 with a B.S. in Computer Science
and from Portland State University in March of 2019 with a M.S. in Computer Science with
a focus on databases while first working as an intern with TriplePoint. I have gained
experience ranging from web servers hosted locally and in the cloud, to embedded Linux
systems and driver development for an FPGA. I've also worked extensively with the Syslinux
and Grub2 bootloaders on x86 systems to enable booting an embedded Linux distribution
from USB, DVD, and PXE.
||x86, ARM, MIPS
TriplePoint Embedded Linux Distribution on Google Cloud
Enabled automatic creation of raw and virtual disks that can boot and run a web server in a cloud environment. This was
used to migrate an existing web service that was running with an end of life Debian release. Numerous additional software
packages were added to the distribution including crypto, regex, and image libraries. The existing MySQL database was
migrated to MariaDB and the backend database interface was resdesigned to use PHP PDO.
Linux and Windows Driver Development
Developed and supported Linux and Windows device drivers, shared library, and multi-threaded test application for the
Intel/Altera Stratix 10 FPGA.
TriplePoint Embedded Linux Distribution Build Environment
Added support for building the distribution within a Docker container to ensure consistent cross-platform builds on any
Embedded Software Development for Microchip PIC32MX
Assisted in development of embedded firmware, including re-architecture of basic OS functionality (scheduler,
serial-to-USB debugging capability, etc.) and various other components. Trained clients on use of Git and established
proper software development life cycle practices. Bitbucket and Jira were the primary tools used to assist with development,
allowing the client to restore project timeline as well as maintain greater awareness of code and testing status. Used
Modbus protocol on an RS-485 interface to establish communication with numerous external devices.
Licensing Server for Embedded Linux Devices
Developed GPG based license system using TriplePoint Embedded Linux distribution. Licensing data is stored in a PostgreSQL
database and is accessible directly by customers on a webpage, via embedded Linux devices, and manufacturing systems
using HTTPS and SOAP with TLS.
Embedded Linux Device
User interface and middleware development for embedded systems using LAMP stack, jQuery, and C/C++. Enabled booting of
the TriplePoint Embedded Linux distribtuion on x86 systems via USB, DVD, and PXE with the Syslinux and Grub2 bootloaders.
Additional support was added to enable booting on legacy systems, MacBook/Apple x86, and Microsoft Surface devices in
both BIOS and UEFI envirnoments. Incorporated the X Window System and Chromium software packages into the TriplePoint
Embedded Linux distribution. Utilized an OverlayFS to allow for persistent storage with a SquashFS intird.
|2016 - 2019
TriplePoint - Software Consultant Intern
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