Clemson University

The School of Computing presents guest speaker Dr. J. Craig Lowery from Dell Software Group

"Multi-Cloud Architecture: Distributed Operating System Finally Realized?" by guest speaker J. Craig Lowery


A distributed operating system is one that makes many disparate computer systems appear to function as a single system from the user perspective.  Furthermore, the user experience is functionally the same, regardless of that user’s location or point of access. Although defined in the 1980’s (Tanenbaum 1985), no large-scale commercially deployed system has met these requirements.  Cloud computing paradigms – specifically multi-cloud architectures that focus on application portability through transparent global access to virtualized cloud services for compute, storage, and networking, may be the first instance of a broadly used, commercially successful distributed operating system.  As is often the case, the answer to a problem posed decades ago may be surprisingly different than original investigators would have expected.


Dr. Lowery is a Senior Distinguished Engineer in the Dell Software Group Office of the CTO. As Executive Director of Cloud Architecture, he currently conducts research and evaluation of technology and solutions that enable customers to use emerging information technology sourcing models such as utility and cloud computing more efficiently. Dr. Lowery was the technical lead for Dell’s recent acquisition of Enstratius – a market innovator in multi-cloud management technology. He continues to lead integration and future development efforts associated with the acquisition.

Over his 14 year career at Dell, Dr. Lowery has functioned in many roles including Senior Technology Strategist studying the virtual/dynamic data center, lead Technical Strategist for the Dell and Microsoft server technologies partnership, Senior Engineering Manager and founder of the Dell virtual solutions engineering team, and Chief Security Architect. An overarching theme to his work is the simplification of technology so that it is more accessible to the non-initiate.

Prior to joining Dell in 2000, Dr. Lowery served as an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Computer Science at Mississippi College. During his tenure at the university, he also served as chief technology advisor and network services architect. Craig’s avocation of radio broadcasting spans his academic career in a parallel, including his own syndicated daily program, and guest appearances featuring him as a general technology expert.

He received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University where he focused on research in operating system performance evaluation and artificial intelligence of performance management systems. He also holds a B.S. in Computing Science and Mathematics from Mississippi College.

Pizza will also be served!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

McAdams Hall, 114
821 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

Event Type

Lectures, Seminars


College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, School of Computing

Target Audience

Students, Faculty

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