Pervasive Technology Institute Digital Science Center at Indiana University have announced they have begun work on a project to investigate how to use cloud computing techniques in life science research. The project is supported via a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health [NIH] as well as ongoing funds from a recent National Science Foundation [NSF] grant.
Cloud computing approaches are likely to change the nature of our national research computing infrastructure in the coming years,” said Principal Investigator Geoffrey Fox, director of the Digital Science Center and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the IU School of Informatics and Computing. “These technologies hold significant promise in the life sciences and medical sciences as they offer the potential for greater computational power and faster speeds at a lower cost, and in a way that is easier for scientists to use than traditional grid computing approaches.”
From the article: The project team is developing a software infrastructure that makes use of the substantial hardware and networking investment made by Indiana University and the National Science Foundation in FutureGrid, a national experimental testbed, and TeraGrid, a national network of high performance computing resources. The project will also harness commercial cloud computing infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other open source software.
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