Yahoo, Intel and HP form cloud computing labs

Trio of industry titans hoping to foster collaboration among vendors, universities and government agencies around cloud computing.

Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo are partnering for cloud computing research and education in order to advance the development and adoption of large-scale, data-intensive Internet-hosted applications and related IT infrastructure.

By banding together, the trio of computer industry titans hopes to foster collaboration among vendors, universities and government agencies around cloud computing, whose progress is hampered by "financial and logistical barriers," the companies said Tuesday.

Intel, Yahoo and HP are forming the Cloud Computing Test Bed, which they describe as a global, multi-data center, open-source effort designed to promote research on software, data center management and hardware for large-scale, Internet-hosted computing.

Partners in the initiative include the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Science Foundation and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany

These partners, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo will host six "centers of excellence," each of which will have a cloud computing infrastructure mostly based on HP hardware and Intel processors. The centers will have 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores and are expected to be up and running later this year for selected researchers from around the globe.

Non-founding members will be invited to participate in the test bed by the end of the year, said John Manley, director of the Automated Infrastructure Lab with HP Labs in Bristol, England, in an interview.

Manley said the research could spawn new topics for researchers to study, such as how to ensure services keep running when equipment fails, known as fault tolerance.

"It might well be that some of the fault tolerance mechanisms we know nowadays have a hard time scaling," Manley said.

When companies begin using services hosted elsewhere for their processing, security is a huge concern. Those services must be created in a secure partition that is isolated from others. The goal is to be able to provision those services quickly in their own partition or cell, Manley said.

Another concern is the management of virtual machines when several operating systems are running on one piece of hardware. The configuration can save money on infrastructure but can be more complex to manage.

Much of intellectual property that comes out of the research will be shared. "The intention is to be very open about the results," Manley said. "This is being set up as an open collaborative framework."

"Cloud computing is of critical importance to the industry and Intel is very focused on that," Andrew Chien, vice president of Intel's Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?