Who: Dr. John Crowley
What: Nimbus Cloud Computer
Library, Room 107C.
When: Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 7:00PM
Cost: This is a free, public meeting.
ScreenPC was founded to develop
the Nimbus Cloud Computer.
Nimbus is an ultra-thin client which virtualizes the screen, mouse, and
keyboard – the actual processing runs in our datacenter. In
concept, there is no essential difference from the old timesharing
approach or the more recent thin clients used in corporate settings
(e.g. Citrix, X-Window clients, or the Microsoft Terminal Server).
The business concepts can be summarized as:
Current PCs are (relatively) expensive,
and even more important too cumbersome (or impossible) for many consumers to
A large number of consumers would be
receptive to a
low-cost, low-administration product which provides basic functionality
(E-mail, Web browsing, etc)
Nimbus addresses this market with a
zero administration cloud computer.
ScreenPC raised venture money to develop the product, and then ran into
several difficulties bringing the product to market.
This talk will cover the concepts of the Nimbus Cloud Computer, the
development cycle which produced the current product, the expected
marketing channels, and the current state of the product and the
Dr. Crowley will demonstrate the Cloud Computer.
Dr. John Crowley earned Ph.D. and M.S degrees in Computer Science from
the University of Pennsylvania (1972 and 1968). He earned a
with dual-major of Physics and Mathematics from Boston College (1967).
Dr. Crowley is a founder and the Chief Technology Officer of ScreenPC,
a firm developing a "virtual PC" product for the emerging cloud
computing concept (in both the consumer and commercial markets). He has
over 30 years of experience building large-scale, high volume
applications in a variety of industries and prior to ScreenPC served as
the CIO to architect, design, implement, and deploy a complete OSS
suite for a full service telephone company (Broadview Networks). Other
assignments have included large-scale systems for JPMorgan Chase (data
warehouse), Verizon (Web portals), AC Nielsen (TV ratings),
Nielsen ClearingHouse (process 4B coupons per year), Pitney Bowes
(business applications), and Stepstone (developers of the Objective C
language now running the iPhone).
Click here to view his presentation.
Pictures of John