HP, Intel and Yahoo Ally for Cloud Computing

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 03, 2008

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.

The project, known as The HP, Intel and Yahoo Cloud Computing Test Bed to promote more open collaboration on Cloud Computing (or PaaS offerings) will bring together different players from industry, academia and government, said a joint announcement.

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. 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 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.