The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly five million dollars in grants to 14 universities through its Cluster Exploratory (CluE) program to participate in the IBM-Google Cloud Computing University Initiative. The aim is to provide computing infrastructure for research projects. 

The NSF awarded Cluster Exploratory (CluE) program grants to Carnegie-Mellon University, Florida International University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Utah, and Yale University.

Of late, Yahoo! has also joined hands with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research. These universities will use Yahoo!’s cloud computing platform to conduct advanced research toward Internet-scale information, ranging from voting records to online news sources. In this initiative, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon University. 

Among other cloud-related initiatives, Platform Computing, a company offering grid and cloud computing software, has planned to open a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) in Singapore. It aims to provide access to free cloud software, technical consultants, and training programs to Singapore-based companies.

In another case, IBM and SAP have previewed a technology that enables the live migration of SAP applications across remote IBM POWER6 systems via cloud computing. The technology, developed as a part of the European Union-funded RESERVOIR cloud computing project, is designed to provide companies with different cloud computing solutions.

Today, major tech companies are exploring ways to tap the cloud computing market. Cloud computing, or network-delivered services and software, can save customers up to 80% on floor space and 60% on power and cooling costs, and deliver triple asset utilization. This is revealed by IBM, as it has introduced its cloud computing services.

Among others, Salesforce.com, an enterprise cloud computing company, decided to expand its global strategic alliance with Google by offering Force.com for Google App Engine. It aims to accelerate developers’ productivity by connecting two cloud computing platforms.

According to IDC, spending on IT cloud services will grow to reach $42 billion by 2012. Cloud services are the consumer and business products, services, and solutions that are delivered and consumed in real time over the Internet.

In 2007, IBM and Google announced a joint university initiative to help computer science students gain the skills they need to build cloud applications. Now, the NSF is using the same infrastructure and open source methods to award CluE grants to universities around the United States.

Through this program, according to IBM, universities will use software and services running on an IBM-Google cloud to explore research ideas in data-intensive computing. These projects cover a range of activities that could lead not only to advances in computing research, but also to significant contributions in science and engineering more broadly.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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