HP, Intel and Yahoo Embark on PaaS, ‘Cloud’ Research

HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are working with worldwide government research agencies on a next-gen 'Open Source' test bed to advance cloud computing technologies, including Platform as a Service. The project will remove many financial and logistical barriers to multi-partner research.

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HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are collaborating on a next-gen 'Open Source' test bed to advance cloud computing technologies, including Platform as a Service. The project, which includes a global, multi-data center, will also remove many financial and logistical barriers to multi-partner research.

In the joint announcement, the companies said they want the project, known as 'The HP, Intel and Yahoo Cloud Computing Test Bed' to promote more 'open collaboration' on Cloud Computing (or PaaS offerings) to bring together many different players from industry, academia and government. Notably, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany are also co-founders of the research effort.

"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, in a statement. "With this test bed, not only can researchers test applications at Internet scale, they will also have access to the underlying computing systems to advance understanding of how systems software and hardware function in a cloud environment."

[The HP, Intel, Yahoo venture follows news last fall that IBM and Google would collaborate on "academic cluster computing initiative" to provide data centers for remote computer programming. That research project is being conducted with University of Washington, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. IBM and Google will provide hardware, software and services. IBM said the goal of the IBM-Google project "is to improve computer science students' knowledge of highly parallel computing practices to better address the emerging paradigm of large-scale distributed computing," in a statement released last October.].

Inside the HP, Intel and Yahoo Cloud Computing Test Bed Project
The HP, Intel and Yahoo Cloud Computing Test Bed will provide a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment to encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before, the companies said. The initiative will also support research of cloud applications and services.

Initially the test bed will consist of six "centers of excellence" at IDA facilities, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo.

Each of the six locations 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 companies said. HP is supplying the servers and Intel is offering 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores. Yahoo engineers will leverage this hardware to run Apache Hadoop, the open source distributed computing system based on Google's MapReduce, as well as the Yahoo Pig parallel programming language, to test Internet-scale software infrastructure and applications.


The test bed locations are expected to be fully operational and made accessible to researchers worldwide through a selection process later this year.

The companies said the test bed will run Apache Hadoop - an open source, distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation - and other open source, distributed computing software such as Pig, the parallel programming language developed by Yahoo Research.



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