"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."