Google Exacylcle Program Offers Supercomputing Muscle to Academics

by Sam Dean - Apr. 15, 2011Comments (0)

As Google's reach has extended about as far as any technology company's reach can, it has also become master of powerful compute cycles. Google operates data centers and tech infrastructure that now dwarf the available infrastructure at many top universities, government institutions, and other organizations. Now, in the name of scientific research, Google is donating some of its excess supercomputing infrastructure to worthy academics who might be able to advance scientific pursuits via the gift.

Alfred Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google has a blog post up announcing Google Exacycle for Visiting Faculty. Spector writes:

"Google Exacycle for Visiting Faculty, which provides 1 billion hours of computational core capacity to researchers. That’s orders of magnitude larger than the computational resources most scientists normally have access to. This program is focused on large-scale, batch computations in research areas such as biomedicine, energy, weather and climate, earth sciences and astronomy. For example, scientists could use massive amounts of computation to simulate how pharmaceuticals interact with proteins in the human body to develop new medicines. Other uses could include simulations to predict weather patterns and analysis of telescope images to understand how the universe changes over time. Exacycle for Visiting Faculty is part of our University Relations team’s larger efforts to stimulate advances in science and engineering research. If you're a full-time faculty member, we encourage you to apply by May 31, 2011."

There is much more information about the Google Exacycle program available here. According to Google's Award Information post:

"Google will award a total of approximately one billion core-hours to up to 10 distinguished researchers and postdoctoral scholars worldwide. We are looking for projects that can consume at least 100 million core-hours. All grantees, including those outside of the U.S., will be invited to work on-site at specific Google offices in the U.S. or abroad. The exact office location will be determined at the time of project selection. Award announcements will be ongoing."

 It's worth remembering that Google's founders created the core technology that grew the company at Stanford, while they were students. One of those founders, Larry Page, is the new CEO of Google, and he may very well extend the reach of Google's University Relations program, and offers to academics such as Google Exacycle.  If you're a researcher who qualifies, and you're in need of mighty supercomputing muscle, Google Exacyle is worth looking into.

 



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