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HP, Intel, and Yahoo! Announce Cloud Computing Test Bed

HP (www.hp.com), Intel Corp. (www.intel.com), and Yahoo! Inc. (www.yahoo.com) announced the creation of a global, multidata center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education. The goal of the initiative is 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 HP, Intel, and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed will provide a globally distributed, internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on the software, data center management, and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before. The initiative will also support research of cloud applications and services.

HP, Intel, and Yahoo! have partnered with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany to form the research initiative. The partnership with Illinois also includes the National Science Foundation.

The test bed will initially consist of six "centers of excellence" at IDA facilities, the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, HP Labs, Intel Research, and Yahoo!. Each location will host a cloud computing infrastructure, largely based on HP hardware and Intel processors and will have 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores capable of supporting the data-intensive research associated with cloud computing. The test bed locations are expected to be fully operational and made accessible to researchers worldwide through a selection process later this year.

Source: HP



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