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Industry trio launch cloud-computing initiative

HP, Intel and Yahoo are pooling their strengths to set up an extended research test bed for cloud-computing

Industry giants HP , Intel and Yahoo are to create a global, multi-datacentre, open source test bed in order to advance research and education in the field of cloud computing.

The aim of the test bed is to provide a globally distributed, internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on software, datacentre management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing on a larger scale than previously attempted. The initiative will also support research of cloud applications and services.

"The HP, Intel and Yahoo cloud computing test bed furthers our commitment to the global, collaborative research community that is advancing the new sciences of the internet," said Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo research.

The test bed's goal is to promote partnerships between industry, academia and governments. This will be done by removing the logistical and financial barriers that prevent research into data intensive, internet-scale computing.

HP, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany to form the research initiative.

It will initially consist of six "centres of excellence" at IDA facilities, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch centre for computing at KIT, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo.

Each location will host a cloud computing infrastructure, largely based on HP hardware and Intel processors, and will have 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores capable of supporting the data-intensive research associated with cloud computing. The test bed locations are expected to be fully operational and made accessible to researchers worldwide through a proposal selection process later this year.

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