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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M? 158

Posted by timothy
from the those-investors-should-be-pissed dept.
coondoggie writes "The US Department of Energy said today it will spend $32 million on a project that will deploy a large cloud computing test bed with thousands of Intel Nehalem CPU cores and explore commercial offerings from Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Ultimately, the project, known as Magellan, will look at cloud computing as a cost-effective and energy-efficient way for scientists to accelerate discoveries in a variety of disciplines, including analysis of scientific data sets in biology, climate change and physics, the DOE stated. Magellan will explore whether cloud computing can help meet the overwhelming demand for scientific computing. Although computation is an increasingly important tool for scientific discovery, and DOE operates some of the world's most powerful supercomputers, not all research applications require such massive computing power. The number of scientists who would benefit from mid-range computing far exceeds the amount of available resources, the DEO stated."
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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M?

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  • by DutchUncle (826473) on Wednesday October 14, 2009 @03:42PM (#29748905)
    When the last ATC project failed disastrously, people were already playing online games over phone modems. Now we have massively multiplayer games, with gigahertz hardware dedicated to each user (your PC, that is), and ATC is still being done on single mainframes. Quick scan suggests six thousand planes in the air at a time over the US; let's call it ten thousand. Dedicate a CPU to each plus some hierarchy of busy areas and regional control; allow $1000 per CPU/system (and its share of comm bandwidth); call it $10 million. Sounds like an interesting project. :-)
  • by blackraven14250 (902843) * on Wednesday October 14, 2009 @07:05PM (#29751219)
    Maybe, just maybe, they made the boundaries of the powers vague because they really didn't know exactly where all of them should be put? They may have figured some issues needed to be ironed out, and rather than make a structure taking a side, they should make a structure that would let the states and federal government figure it out along the way.

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