An NSF-funded cloud computing event is coming to the Bay Area.
In October 2007, Google and IBM announced the first pilot phase of the Academic Cloud Computing Initiative (ACCI), which granted several prominent U.S. universities access to a large computer cluster running Hadoop, an open source distributed computing platform inspired by Google’s file system and MapReduce programming model. In February 2008, the ACCI partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide grant funding to academic researchers interested in exploring large-data applications that could take advantage of this infrastructure. This resulted in the creation of the Cluster Exploratory (CLuE) program led by Dr. Jim French, which currently funds 14 projects. See this NSF Press Release for a short description of all the projects funded under the CLuE program.
The event will be held on October 5th in the Computer History Museum (the current home of the Babbage Difference Engine No2 Serial #2), and will feature a great lineup of researchers reporting on their accomplishments in a variety of disciplines, including indexing for search, data processing, machine translation, text processing, databases, visualization, and other cloud computing topics. You can get more details about the schedule and the speakers here, and click here to register.