Sunay Tripathi, Founder and CTO, Pluribus Networks Inc.


Sunay is the Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks Inc. and was the Chief Architect for Kernel/Network Virtualization at Sun Microsystems. He has an extensive 25+ years of software background and holds over 100+ patents encompassing Kernel Virtualization, Virtual Switching and Cloud.

Sunay Co-Founded Pluribus Networks to create Netvisor, a Distributed Network Operating System in 2010. As the technical founder, he single handedly implemented the first phase of Netvisor and its key features like the Cloud Fabric that were necessary to raise Series A and went on to bring together and run a very talented team of 25 engineers to get the software to early production. In the process, he raised another $40M in series B and C (Total raised $120M from Tier A investors like NEA, Temasek, Jerry Yang and grew the company to 150 employees in Palo Alto, USA and Bangalore, India). Netvisor runs on physical and virtual switches to bring server economics, programmability and innovation to the networking layer. Netvisor was used by companies like Ericsson and Dell as a cornerstone of their cloud solutions, which are being used in production in stringent Telco and enterprise environments since Fall 2017

Previously at Sun, he was the Senior Distinguished Engineer in Solaris Core OS group and was with Solaris group for 12 years. He has led Solaris kernel/networking in technical capacity and has undertaken key initiatives for Sun related to networking and network virtualization. He was driving the network and network virtualization initiative for Sun to create new business opportunities. This required industry leading research in the form of Crossbow initiative which added Network Virtualization and resource control capabilities to Solaris Core OS. Crossbow allows creation of Virtual NICs, switches and routers by partitioning the NIC and kernel resources. It also allows the virtualized networking  stack to scale across large numbers of CPU without any S/W overheads. The NICs and VNICs have no performance overheads and can share the underlying networking without any interference from each other.

Before Crossbow, Sunay Architected the New FireEngine TCP/IP Stack and  GLDv3 – High Performance Device Driver framework in Solaris 10. Both projects helped transition the Solaris STREAMs based stack to a new architecture which significantly reduces the overheads of synchronization and cross communication between CPUs and created a vertical perimeter from the driver to top of the stack.

Sunay is a proficient kernel/network hacker and a passionate Technical Leader/innovator. He has Over 100+ patents awarded/pending along with several research papers in key ACM and USENIX publications and is one of the top individual code contributors.