Google Cloud At Work For NSF, Academia

Christophe Bisciglia, Senior Software Engineer at Google, talks to NewTeeVee’s Chris Albrecht at our Structure 08 conference and discusses how Google is bring cloud computing to academia including the National Science Foundation.

Google gives academics and students at some of the largest universities around the planet access to massive resources for academic quest and experiments, Bisciglia says in this chat. In February 2008, Google announced that it was working with National Science Foundation and IBM on the Cluster Exploratory (CluE) that would enable, “academic research community to conduct experiments and test new theories and ideas using a large-scale, massively distributed computing cluster.” Check out the video below the fold.

According to information available on Google’s corporate website, NSF has access to a 1,600 processor cluster, with terabytes of memory and many hundred terabytes of storage.

  • The clusters run an open source implementation of Google’s published computing infrastructure (MapReduce and GFS from Apache’s Hadoop project)
  • Open source software designed by IBM to help students develop programs for clusters running Hadoop. The software works with Eclipse, an open source development platform.