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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)

Artist's representation of multiple computing clouds.

Internet2 says it has developed software that partitions its network into private sections for use by researchers.


The nonprofit Internet2 organization is now offering researchers the opportunity to create clouds that will be connected by its network.

The group has developed software that partitions the Internet2 network into private sections, and has launched two projects, CloudLab and Chameleon, to provide frameworks for creating clouds. Computer scientists will gain complete visibility into the clouds, which should help support efforts to improve network-management systems.

"What this does is allow computer science researchers to look at new ways of potentially designing networks that could influence how the Internet itself works," says University of Utah professor Richard Ricci, the program's primary investigator.

Ricci says the projects are similar to "how we buy telescopes or genome sequencers that give the astronomy or genetics community tools they need to do their research." He says computer scientists will be able to come up with a better way to support scientists with large data transfers.

In addition, computational scientists and researchers in other fields will be able to use the clouds to conduct research across disciplines. Ricci also notes Internet2's approach to cloud capabilities could help level the research playing field.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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