Utz Bacher is leading the architectural work for the Linux on System z development team at the IBM Research & Development Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Since 2007, his focus has been on Linux on System z, hybrid systems and their system software structure. From 2004 to 2007, he led the Linux on Cell/B.E. kernel development groups in Germany, Australia, and Brazil. After earning his degree in Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany, Utz joined IBM and developed high-speed networking code for Linux on System z.