IBM and Google’s joint Cloud-based project at the top universities of Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, and MIT has been in full swing since May, putting pressure on for the rest of the industry to respond. Answering the challenge, HP, Yahoo, and Intel have announced their collaborative efforts with research teams from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. EETimes.com reports:
Each partner will host a cloud computing research site, largely based on HP and Intel hardware with 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores. The test beds will undertake research and training in a wide array of Internet-scale computing issues. Work is expected to span subjects ranging from data center hardware design to systems and applications software issues including automatic resource allocation, scheduling, monitoring and management.
Andrew Chien, director of Intel Research, states, "My understanding is the IBM/Google partnership is focused on applications… We’re trying to support research at a variety of levels including systems software and even hardware Intel might put in its future silicon."
The industry is trending towards Cloud-based services and up to this point focused solely on the software aspects of the Cloud with little attention given to the hardware required to operate in the Cloud. This latest collaboration allows for a complete solution from the ground up for a truly integrated Cloud.