Marvin Theimer is a Distinguished Engineer at Amazon. Marvin received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1986. He then spent seventeen years as a researcher working at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, Xerox PARC, and Microsoft Research on topics including distributed operating systems, ubiquitous computing, weakly-consistent replicated systems, peer-to-peer file systems, and global-scale peer-to-peer event notification systems. Marvin left research in 2003 to work on Microsoft’s Advanced Web Services and High Performance Computing products. He joined Amazon in 2006 and has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from EC2’s Virtual Private Cloud, to various distributed coordination services, to the Kinesis streaming data processing platform.