Thursday, June 3, 2010

NASA and Japan Announce Cloud Computing Collaboration

NASA and Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) are exploring interoperability opportunities between NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and Japan's NII Cloud Computing Platform. In a first demonstration, the Nebula and NII Cloud infrastructures jointly served publicly-available selections of Mars Orbiter data sets to a web application.


NASA Nebula is a Cloud Computing service developed by the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, that provides high performance computing, network, and data storage services to NASA scientists and researchers. Nebula allows NASA to share and process large scientific data sets and was one of three flagship projects highlighted in NASA's Open Government Directive.


Japan's NII Cloud provides cloud platform services to Japan's academic and research community. Like Nebula, the NII cloud is developed using open source technologies. By focusing on partnerships and other joint efforts with universities and research institutions throughout Japan, as well as industries and civilian organizations, NII creates state-of-the-art information infrastructure to support education within Japan's broader academic and research community.http://nebula.nasa.gov

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