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Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System For Scientific Data


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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) are studying how to accelerate the materials-to-device process through a new framework called 4CeeD: Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments. The framework links microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure via a high-speed campus network. "4CeeD enables researchers to search for experiments with specific parameters and receive insights into their own work," says UIUC professor Klara Nahrstedt.

After researchers conduct an experiment using a scientific instrument, they can upload the data, including image files, to the cloud. 4CeeD enables the researchers to tag the files with metadata, which helps them search for information about the experiment later. The system also helps faculty members create a template that students can use when annotating files for similar experiments.

4CeeD won a Best Paper award in May at the 17th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing in Madrid, Spain.

From University of Illinois 
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