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NASA Plans App Store For Scientists 36

Posted by samzenpus
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gManZboy writes "The space agency is widely known as a cloud computing success story in the government for its Nebula cloud computing platform. Now NASA will develop an app store for its scientists. The NASA CIO says it's about getting the science job done."
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NASA Plans App Store For Scientists

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  • Has some interesting information

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/cloud-saas/231901731?itc=edit_in_body_cross [informationweek.com]

    Turns out Nasa isn't the only one looking to go to cloud computing: main implication: all systems are penetrable and now all the data will be in one place rather than scattered across agencies. They'll prolly invent cyber m16s soon though to guard it and stuff, so it's ok right?

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Has some interesting information

      http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/cloud-saas/231901731?itc=edit_in_body_cross [informationweek.com]

      Turns out Nasa isn't the only one looking to go to cloud computing: main implication: all systems are penetrable and now all the data will be in one place rather than scattered across agencies. They'll prolly invent cyber m16s soon though to guard it and stuff, so it's ok right?

      How about some simple gatekeeping security? In my experience security fails when it becomes too complicated to administer properly or navigate by users - that's when you find all those little post it notes laying around and gaps a 10 year-old could exploit.

    • Turns out Nasa isn't the only one looking to go to cloud computing

      good!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The NASA CIO says it's about getting the science job done

  • About to be sued by Apple in 5, 4, 3...
    • There's an app for that.
    • About to be sued by Apple in 5, 4, 3...

      Actually, Apple allows enterprise developers to offer internal app stores for their users. Given that the summary says "app store for its scientists" there may be no conflict here. NASA would only be prohibited from offering an iOS App Store to the public in general. Of course why would they bother with an app store for the public when they could simply have their free iOS apps appear on the Apple App Store at no cost to NASA?

      • by Fnord666 (889225)

        Of course why would they bother with an app store for the public when they could simply have their free iOS apps appear on the Apple App Store at no cost to NASA?

        Because what can and can't be made available then becomes subject to the whims of Apple?

        • by perpenso (1613749)

          Of course why would they bother with an app store for the public when they could simply have their free iOS apps appear on the Apple App Store at no cost to NASA?

          Because what can and can't be made available then becomes subject to the whims of Apple?

          "Whims" is a very big mischaracterization.

      • by jc79 (1683494)

        This story has nothing to do with iOS apps or any Apple platform. It is about NASA's Nebula cloud services and making them easily available internally through a single "cloud storefront". The PR folk knew if they put the magic words "app store" in the story then it would get read. TFA also mentions the Android Market just two words after App Store, right there in the standfirst at the top of the page.

        • by perpenso (1613749)

          This story has nothing to do with iOS apps or any Apple platform.

          However the post I responded do did bring up Apple.

  • From the article:
    "We are looking at how we can virtualize the desktop so you can gain access to your resources from any device, anyplace, anywhere," Gardner said.
    So VNC, NXMachine, or X11 forwarding through a highly compressed pipe. It will be hard to beat that software as it's been improved by decades of work (and started when the pipes were even smaller). I'm guessing they would get more bang out of just finding out how to increase the bandwidth (such as twisting signal

  • Seems like a job for Scientific Linux. Admittedly it is put together by particle physicists as opposed to cosmologists but I'm sure they generally like to do a lot of the same things.

    • From the Scientific Linux main page [scientificlinux.org]:

      SL is a Linux release put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various other labs and universities around the world. Its primary purpose is to reduce duplicated effort of the labs, and to have a common install base for the various experimenters.

      The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source.

      Our main goal for the base distribution is to have everything compatible with Enterprise, with only a few minor additions or changes. Examples of items that were added are Alpine, and OpenAFS.

      Our secondary goal is to allow easy customization for a site, without disturbing the Scientific Linux base. The various labs are able to add their own modifications to their own site areas. By the magic of scripts, and the anaconda installer, each site is to be able to create their own distributions with minimal effort. Or, if a user wishes, they can simply install the base SL release.

  • NASA's first app in the store will be an imperial to metric conversion tool.

  • by Wolfling1 (1808594) on Thursday November 03, 2011 @05:11PM (#37941208) Journal
    After the previous thread listed on the homepage, it is a courageous Slashdot that uses the term 'app store' for anything not owned by Apple.
  • There's an app for that.

  • by stms (1132653) on Thursday November 03, 2011 @06:52PM (#37942292)

    I hope they have a fart app.

  • Now you're running an app store? For frack sake people, you've had apps available for download for a long time. Have you got money in the budget for this idiocy? Which mission did you cut to get the funds for this comedy routine?

    • by jc79 (1683494)

      There's nothing like actually reading the friendly article is there?

      NASA Plans Cloud Marketplace For Scientists
      Cloud services suite to expand with platform as a service, data as a service, and a new cloud computing storefront likened to Apple's AppStore and Google's Android Market.

      By J. Nicholas Hoover InformationWeek
      November 03, 2011 02:55 PM

      NASA, already among the government leaders in cloud computing, plans to offer a cloud storefront where scientists will be able to determine their computing needs and access cloud services from a central location.

      So no, they're not running an app store.

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