HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. Monday (Sept. 27) announced that four new organizations will join Open Cirrus, a global, multiple data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research.
The announcement coincides with the fourth Open Cirrus Summit, hosted by Carnegie Melon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh in cooperation with HP and Yahoo!.
China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA), China Telecom Corp. and Georgia Tech University's Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) have become the latest to join the research effort, expanding the global footprint of Open Cirrus to 14 locations and creating the most geographically diverse cloud computing test bed currently available to researchers.
Cloud computing significantly reduces costs for software providers and allows customers to have access to powerful applications on a wider variety of devices. However, driving advancements in the cloud approach has presented significant challenges to developers. One barrier to innovation is providing research and development (R&D) professionals access to next-generation cloud computing resources in order to develop new tools, techniques and applications.
Launched in July 2008, Open Cirrus 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 80 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. For example:
With the expansion of the Open Cirrus community, researchers worldwide will have access to new approaches and skill sets that will enable them to more quickly realize the full potential of cloud computing. Each of the new sites will contribute tools and best practices, and help further benchmark and compare alternative approaches to service management at data center scale:
In addition to the new sites, the Open Cirrus test bed already includes centers of excellence at HP Labs, Intel Labs and Yahoo!, as well as the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in South Korea, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIMOS, a Malaysian research and development organization.
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