Berkeley CSE Cloud Computing Initiative
Yahoo! has expanded its partnerships with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research (read press release). The University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon University in using Yahoo!’s cloud computing cluster to conduct large-scale systems software research and explore new applications that analyze Internet-scale data sets, ranging from voting records to online news sources.
At Berkeley the Computational Science and Engineering program anticipates that the Yahoo! cluster will be used by a broad array of faculty investigators and graduate students from social scientists and economists to astrophysicist and bioengineers. Obviously, an exciting aspect of this work will be working with Yahoo! to analyze large scale social-economical-political data by our faculty and to further refine these target areas, and to identify new ones among the vast array of potential computational research avenues at UC Berkeley and LBNL. The breadth of this enterprise promises to create extensive new applications of interest to Yahoo! for high performance and cloud computing.
The partition Yahoo! plans to make available to universities will consist of roughly 400 nodes with a total of 3,200 cores, over 2 terabytes of memory, and over 1 petabyte of raw storage. The Yahoo! cluster is intended to run the Apache open source software Hadoop and Pig. Each selected university will share the partition with up to three other universities. The initial duration of use is six months, potentially renewable for another six months upon written agreement.
Applications for academic year 2010–2011
Students, faculty, and staff scientists are welcome to apply for time on the cluster; the application deadline is August 6, 2010. Please fill out these documents:
- Request to Use: CITRIS Cloud Computing Initiative-Yahoo! Cloud Cluster (M45)
- Account Registration Form
For more information, contact Masoud Nikravesh.