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Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability

24 Oct 2013 Washington - The National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $408,000 grant to three faculty members at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science to develop technologies that will allow Cloud computing providers to tailor the availability and reliability of Cloud computing services to meet the needs of various consumers.

"The overall goal of the project is to 'bake' security into existing Cloud services and business models. With technologies developed in this project, we hope Cloud customers will be able to purchase, manage and optimize the security of their Cloud applications with simple mouse clicks and in a pay-per-use fashion", stated Tian Lan, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and principal investigator for the grant.

Most providers offer cloud computing services on a "one-size-fits-all" model that provides the same levels of availability and reliability - two major aspects of data security - to all customers. However, the current levels may be inadequate for some customers who need greater availability or security and are willing to pay for it, or too expensive for customers who don't need and don't want to pay for the standard level of reliability and availability. And, as Cloud computing becomes more pervasive, customer demand for flexible plans will increase.

By constructing realistic models and developing algorithms to optimize resource allocation and pricing, Dr. Lan, Professor Suresh Subramaniam, and Assistant Professor Howie Huang expect to advance Cloud computing and provide more choice for customers.

"It's all about how the Cloud provider can allocate its resources to satisfy the customers' needs", Dr. Huang stated. "But, this is really a win-win situation for both Cloud providers and Cloud consumers. From the Cloud providers' perspective, this becomes a service they can sell, and they can make more revenue from it. From the consumers' perspective, they have more choice."

The three faculty members joined forces on the project, combining their areas of expertise in networking, optimization, algorithm development and Cloud systems and architecture. Their complementary theoretical and systems experience is providing a unique approach to the challenge of improving Cloud computing availability and reliability.

"As far as we know, we're the only ones conducting this research to provide differentiated reliability to different customers", Dr. Subramaniam stated. Once the team publishes its results, providers such as AT&T, Amazon, Google or others would be free to use the algorithm in their data centres.
Source: George Washington University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...