The new clusters, offered by Google and IBM, are a new initiative for students to get funding for internet-scale applications for both research and creation.
Google and IBM hope to reduce costs and improve resources for academic research into parallel computing. The two companies are collaborating to make a new dedicated internet-based computing cluster for students.
By making a cluster for students, the two companies can extend the environment to more than 1,600 programming courses. Already in the cluster, are several hundred dedicated IBM BladeCentre and System X servers running on the Linux operating system. Google’s open source MapReduce and File System components are also included in the cluster.
Students will be able to access the cluster from the Internet to test their parallel course projects.
Resources already created by Google and IBM are the Creative Commons licensed university curriculum. The estimated funding for the project is around $20-$25 million USD.
Institutions that have joined the program include, University of Washington, Carnegie-Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland.