[Thomas Finnern]



Who he is and what he does

He is a member of the computer center staff and was responsible for the central UNIX login including the xwindow and xterminal support. He took care of the AIX and HP-UX machines and other miscellaneous system support like equipment database, highly available systems, installation tools and installation management. He has been competent for central services like printing, WWW, user registration and the NIS/YP data bases. He supports batch processing in the BIRD and NAF systems and cares for virtualization of networking and hosts. The latter includes configuration and design of highly available web services on an F5 switch with "layer 7 routing".


Project: UNIX and X11 Support, Batch Processing and Virtualization

Plan: ...

How to get in touch with him

You can reach him by email to

You can call him at extension 2753.

Or just come along to building 2B, room 009a (UG 1 southpole)

A piece of history

He is working for DESY since 1985.
[outer DESY-IdentCard] [inner DESY-IdentCard]

Another piece of history

This was the first WEB page at DESY and probably also of Germany. The related WEB server was configured remotely during a meeting at CERN onto a Apollo Domain machine. This is an excerpt of the hyper text:

<TITLE>Info about Thomas Finnern</TITLE>
<META NAME="description" CONTENT="Info about Thomas Finnern">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="Thomas Finnern">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Thomas Finnern , Th. Finnern , Finnern , thf, aes, aloha">
<!-- Created by: Thomas Finnern, 10-Mar-1993 -->
<!-- Changed by: Thomas Finnern, see bottom line -->

Further info can be found at CERN as
For the 25th anniversary also as

Work for the Audio Engineering Society

Paper Number: 2194 AES Convention: 77 (March 1985): Interfacing Electronics and Transformers
Paper Number: 2759 AES Convention: 86 (March 1989): 'M'-A Proposal for a 'Musical Instrument Remote Control Language'

The Aloha Project 2009/2010

More soon at this place.
© Thomas Finnern
Last update: December, 21th 2015