Lester Bird, a Distinguished Engineer, has worked in computer networking since 1987. He earned his A.B. in applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He specializes in network stacks and distributed, fault tolerant systems. At Juniper since September 2013, Lester built the first commercial vMX (virtual MX) prototype. He wrote Evo OFP in C++ (the object flooding protocol synchronizes DDS objects across Evo cluster nodes). He has "written TCP from scratch a couple times" and has two patents. He is currently leading the multi-PFE SONiC project at Juniper Networks.