New partners in computing testbed

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Just a quickie to let you know that HP, Yahoo!, and Intel have added a slug of new overseas partners to the Open Cirrus cloud computing test bed

The Open Cirrus cloud computing test bed, which was launched in July 2008, was created to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing. The test bed, which has more than 50 research projects currently underway, simulates a real-life, global, Internet-scale environment and gives researchers an unprecedented ability to test applications and measure the performance of infrastructure and services built to run on large-scale cloud systems.

…The new sites will contribute tools and best practices, and will help further benchmark and compare alternative approaches to service management at datacenter scale. They are:

Russian Academy of Sciences, the first Eastern European institution to join Open Cirrus, encompassing three organizations:

  • Institute for System Programming (ISP) – will conduct fundamental scientific research and applications in the field of system programming.
  • Joint SuperComputer Center (JSCC) – will engage in the processing of large arrays of biological data, nanotechnology, 3D modeling and other applications, and ports them to cloud infrastructure.
  • Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute – will explore how cloud computing is different from other technologies, and apply its techniques for large-scale data processing.

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (South Korea) – plans to conduct research and development on the management architecture and content retrieval of massive data sets.
MIMOS (Malaysia) – will develop a national cloud computing platform to deploy services throughout Malaysia, focusing on enabling services through software, security frameworks and mobile interactivity, as well as testing new cloud tools and methodologies.