1060 Research
Radically transforming
software economics

Our Story

Unlike so many other technology companies, we are not motivated by technology alone. We are motivated to get to the root causes of waste in information technology systems and to radically transform software economics.

Through basic research we have discovered the way to step away from code and APIs and instead put information resources at the heart of evolvable architectures. Along the way we discovered how to extract maximum performance from minimum computing footprint. This is our story...

Waste in Software

Over the years industry has discarded hundreds of billions of lines of code. Common sense alone would tell you there must be a better way to go about things?

Why Frameworks don't work

Frameworks layer abstraction on top of abstraction leading to mountains of brittle, unmaintainable, unreadable code. Even Alan Kay, father of OO, says they don't work.

The Web is an Evolvable Architecture

The Web has never been thrown away but has always evolved. The Web must be doing something different? The Web's process is two step: resolve-execute. What can we learn from this?

Bring the Web's concepts Inside

REST stops at the doorstep. We thought, let's take the two step resolve-execute process inside and step away from the APIs. Suddenly our systems demonstrate the same evolvable architecture as the web. Our systems start to obey the same economics as the web. This is a radical change to the economics of software.

Technology Breakthrough

Even though we were not motivated by technology, it turns out, counter-intuitively, that taking two-steps leads to higher performance! What's more, systems are evolvable, dynamic, uncoupled, reusable, repurposable...

And... the web is just the start. The destination is Resource Oriented Computing.

A New Economics

The breakthrough of Resource Oriented Computing changes the economics of software. It does this at the small scale, inside and between software components, but it's property of scale invariance means the same results are gained in the cloud, in big data, etc, etc...

If you want to learn more about Resource Oriented Computing and how to take advantage of the new software economics explore the following:


The 1060 team created and implemented the Resource Oriented Computing model. A model which, in the NetKernel family of products has been well proven, in over 10-years of production systems in demanding industry sectors ranging from Telecoms, Insurance, Banking and Defence.

Peter Rodgers
Founder and CEO

A co-founder of 1060 Research and a co-architect of 1060 NetKernel. Prior to forming 1060 Research, Rodgers was the leader of Hewlett-Packard's Dexter research programme. At HP he held a number of positions including senior research scientist and senior strategist to HP's mobile computing division. In 1999 Rodgers founded HP's Information Commerce research programme. He holds a first class BSc in Physics from St. Andrews University and a PhD in solid-state Quantum Mechanics from the University of Nottingham.

Tony Butterfield
Founder and CTO

A co-founder of 1060 Research and a co-architect of 1060 NetKernel. Butterfield has a strong background in quality software engineering from over twenty years working with blue-chip companies including IBM, Lucent Technologies, NCR, JP Morgan, and Hewlett-Packard. Butterfield was one of the key researchers in HP's Dexter research programme. Prior to forming 1060 Research, Butterfield was a co-founder and senior architect at the Component Group. As a teenager he cut his teeth developing and publishing arcade games for 8bit computers. He holds a BSc in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Warwick.

Randolph Kahle
Director of Marketing

Kahle is a highly experienced software industry executive with years of experience marketing advanced technologies at both HP and Microsoft. As a senior marketing manager with Microsoft he was instrumental in the launch of Visual Basic, SQLServer, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft's developer focused programs such as the Microsoft Developer Network. Kahle holds a BA in Math Science and Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Tom Mueck
Director of Sales and Business Development

After founding and managing an IT services company in computer telephony integration, Tom Mueck became interested in innovation and next-generation technology. He eventually joined Hotsip AB – a provider of telco-grade middleware solutions now part of Oracle Corporation – as account manager. He went on to work several years as financial analyst and advisor in energy related project finance. Mueck earned a MA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Graham Cartledge
Business Advisor

Cartledge has provided guidance and advice to 1060 Research since it's foundation. His experience has ensured 1060 Research is operated on a sound financial basis and has enabled the company to grow from early-stage start-up to a leader in software infrastructure. Cartledge brings a wealth of business experience from his roles as Chairman and Managing Director of Benoy, a global leader in retail architecture and design. Cartledge is one of the UK's outstanding entrepreneurs.


"The thing I really find amazing about NetKernel is the amount of code we end up writing... or rather the lack of... we now spend most of the time structuring what our products need to do and much less on actual coding."

- Frank Boddeke, Edge Technologies BV


As a pioneer of next generation software infrastructure technology and products, 1060 understands the challenges of delivering advanced capabilities and functionality to enterprises. We recognize the value of partnering with other experts to jointly deliver first class solutions that create sustainable business value for customers.

NetKernel has an inherent ability to integrate existing technologies in unique, creative, and exciting new ways.

If you share our vision of advanced software infrastructure and an integrated approach to creating business value, please contact us to discuss opportunities.


1060 Research is a rapidly growing privately held company. We welcome enquiries from interested investors looking to share in the potential of 1060 NetKernel.

1060 Research is proud to have Hewlett-Packard Company as a founding investor.


NetKernel was started at Hewlett-Packard Labs in 1999. It was conceived by Dr. Russ Perry, Dr. Royston Sellman and Dr. Peter Rodgers as a general purpose XML operating environment that could address the needs of the exploding interest in XML dialects for intra-industry XML messaging.

NetKernel was originally called Dexter which stands for Declarative XML Transform Engine. Its emphasis on a declarative approach to manipulating XML has remained strong throughout the life of the product.

In early 2002 HP rethought it's software strategy. We can't discuss the details, but Peter Rodgers, the leader of HP Lab's XML research program, negotiated with HP to acquire the rights to the project and established 1060 Research with co-founder Tony Butterfield, a member of the HP Labs team.

1060 Research has refined and fully implemented the original concepts. These are now realised in the 1060 Research NetKernel architecture which has gone way beyond the original ideas, and now provides a general model for scalable and adaptive software development.

Further Reading

A Hewlett Packard Research Report presents the Dexter Project, the project which seeded NetKernel.

Contact Us

1060 Research Limited
3, Brook Street,
Chipping Sodbury,
Bristol BS37 6AZ

1060 Research Limited
419 E Laurel Street
Fort Collins
Colorado, 80524

tel (UK): +44 1454-311-345
tel (US) +1 862-772-1060

For technical queries or support please the NetKernel Community Forum or the Customer Portal.