Monday, November 12, 2007

Yahoo! Announces Academic "Cloud" Computing Program

Not to be out done by Google and IBM, Yahoo! announces a similar plan to give students access to Hadoop, an open source distributed computing framework (i.e. Open Source Cloud Computing) of which, Yahoo! has been a key contributor. The Hadoop data center, named M45 after the Pleiades star cluster, is a 4,000-processor cluster supercomputer with 3 terabytes of memory and 1.5 petabytes of diskspace, that's one big Cloud!!

Take a look at the Read/WriteWeb article Yahoo! Announces Distributed Computing Academic Program:

Yahoo! claims that the M45 cluster is one of the top 50 fastest supercomputers in the world, capable of performing at 27 Teraflops.

According to Yahoo!, universities have not had access to the type of hardware and software infrastructure necessary for web-scale distributed computing research. Yahoo! intends for Carnegie Mellon to be first school in a broader academic research partnership program. CMU and Yahoo! also plan to hold a Hadoop Summit in the first half of 2008, to which they say they would invite major Hadoop users such as Facebook and the University of California at Berkeley.

"Yahoo! is dedicated to working with leading universities to solve some of the most critical computing challenges facing our industry," said Ron Brachman, vice president and head of Yahoo! academic relations in a press release. "Launching this program and M45 is a significant milestone in creating a global, collaborative research community working to advance the new sciences of the Internet."

First Google, and IBM and now Yahoo!, it getting pretty clear that "Cloud Computing" and with it massive consolidation of corporate data centers is coming in the not too distant future.

So a word of warning to those who have resisted learning web based programming, continuing to do so, will most likely put you in the same boat as the RPG and PL1 programmers of a decade ago.

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