Lew Tucker
Former CTO, Cloud Computing,, Sun Microsystems

Lew Tucker is the former vice president and CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems Inc. His focus is on the evolution of computing as it moves into the cloud, but his contributions spanned several waves of technology innovation over the last 20 years. Lew was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team at Sun driving adoption of the Java platform, and later vice president of Internet Services. Prior to re-joining Sun Microsystems, Lew was a vice president at Salesforce.com, where he created the AppExchange, and CTO at Twine.com, a semantic-Web-based Internet service for tracking interests.

Lew's interest in distributed computing started in the mid-1980s as a research scientist and director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Lew holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Neurobiology, and large-scale parallel algorithms.

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