Friday, August 1, 2008

Update on Cloud Computing: More Giant Companies Join the Search for the Future of Computing Services

Yesterday (7/31/08) I received a news update from HPCwire about a recent joint venture of Yahoo, HP, and Intel to create a new open test bed for "the advancement of cloud computing research and education."

According to the writer, John E. West:

"The announcement of the Cloud Computing Test Bed is broader -- in scope and scale -- than the previous IBM-Google announcement establishing the Cluster Exploratory (CluE), and all this competition is definitely a good thing for the academics who will have several years of work on these resources. If the research efforts bear fruit, they may also help shape the future of HPC as well.

The physical dimensions of the test bed span six centers on three continents, with hardware at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo. Each center will have HP/Intel hardware -- the companies only refer to "infrastructure," so it's unclear whether there will be one large cluster at each site or a farm of machines -- ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 cores that will be used to support cloud software research."

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