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LinuxPR: Tim O'Reilly Joins Popular Power Board of Directors

Aug 09, 2000, 13:31 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Popular Power, the first company to launch commercial distributed computing software, today announced that Tim O'Reilly, founder of technical information leader O'Reilly & Associates, has joined the company's board of directors. In addition, O'Reilly New Ventures, O'Reilly's capital investment arm, has become an investor in the company."

"Popular Power harnesses the surplus power of Internet-connected computers, putting them to work when they are idle and letting their owners sell or donate this unused resource to companies or researchers with large computing and network needs."

"Peer-to-peer computing is the latest buzzword, but file sharing sites like Napster are really only the tip of the iceberg. What else can a network of intermittently connected computers share? Compute cycles, for one thing. By building the computing equivalent of the power grid, Popular Power allows thousands or even millions of individual PCs to contribute idle computing power to large projects, from biomedical research to complex financial modeling," said O'Reilly. "Through its commitment to open standards and protocols, the company is building on the model of previous Internet success stories. Ultimately, what Popular Power is building is an operating system for the Internet itself."

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