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Grid Pioneer Ian Foster Discusses the Future of Science in the Cloud

Feb 24, 2011 |

In this interview, Ian Foster discusses the next logical steps beyond grid that leading to a major transformation in science. While there are new avenues opened via access to an unprecedented amount of computational power, there are still some challenges ahead. Foster details these issues and presents some updates from the Globus team, including information about Globus Online.

Glimpses of the Brave New World for Cloud Security

Feb 22, 2011 |

Yanpei Chen and Randy H. Katz, both from UC Berkeley, discuss the range of threats to cloud security from multiple perspectives–academia, industry, government and the “black hat” community, arguing that history teaches us that developing security architectures early in the process can pay off greatly as systems evolve and accrue more disparate security requirements. The challenge is to achieve some measure of adequate and affordable security without undermining the economic advantages of cloud computing.

Upcoming Event to Explore the Role of Clouds in HPC

Feb 15, 2011 |

The remarkable success of the first international ISC Cloud’10 Conference held last October in Frankfurt, Germany, has motivated ISC Events to continue this series and organize a similar cloud computing conference this year, with an even more profound focus on the use of clouds for High Performance Computing (HPC).

Telecom Sector Embraces the Cloud

Feb 11, 2011 |

The cloud rush is on, and it’s no longer a one or two team race to the finish line to see who can claim the number one spot. The traditional “big boys” have some new players to contend with, ones with deep pockets, strong, trusted brands, and massive embedded customer bases.

Mapping the SLA Landscape for High Performance Clouds

Feb 7, 2011 |

This in-depth article by Dr. Ivona Brandic notes that while a wealth of work has been accomplished to suit the technological development of clouds, there has yet been very little work done in the area of the market mechanisms that support them.
Service Level Agreement (SLA) mapping is a relatively new concept designed to standardize the way users find and use cloud service providers–and create the necessary environment for dynamic and open cloud markets.

Cisco’s Cloud CTO Clarifies Strategy, Describes Datacenters of the Future

Jan 24, 2011 |

Cisco’s CTO of Cloud Computing, Lew Tucker, came clean on the company’s cloud strategy this week in a video interview. In addition to revealing a rough path for the coming months, Tucker also revealed his insights about the “many clouds” theory, the role of the network in cloud computing, and innovations that could change datacenter design.

Bursting the Clouds: SC10 Survey Sheds Light on HPC User Experiences

Jan 10, 2011 |

At this year’s annual Supercomputing Conference held in New Orleans, Platform Computing conducted a survey of 100 IT professionals in academia, government and industry about their experimentation with cloud computing models. Randy Clark from Platform provides some insights into the findings, which do show overall satisfaction with clouds for HPC among those who have some experiences.

SC10 Video Feature: Songnian Zhou on the IT Renaissance

Nov 19, 2010 |

During this year’s SC event in New Orleans, we caught up with co-founder and CEO of Platform Computing, Songnian Zhou to take a big picture look at key movements in computing–and where grid and clouds fit within the “Renaissance” Zhou feels is taking place.

SC10 Video Short: Kathy Yelick on Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and NERSC Projects

Nov 19, 2010 |

We often write about some of the interesting cloud computing research projects taking place via Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and NERSC, so when we had a chance to record Kathy Yelick,, NERSC Director at SC10, we took the opportunity to help put a face to the name and lend insight into what’s happening at one of the more prominent national centers in cloud and HPC research.

2010 Cloud Innovation Leader Award: Platform Computing

Nov 9, 2010 |

This year HPC in the Cloud presented its first annual Editors’ Choice Awards in Santa Clara, California. Platform Computing was selected for one such award due to its long-standing commitment to grids, clusters and the evolution of both into cloud computing.