September 02, 2010
Dr. Will Venters from the London School of Economics is currently conducting a research project with research group Horses for Sources that looks at how CERN’s scientists are making us of the grid to handle huge volumes of data and how on the flipside, business can examine this model as they make critical decisions about cloud computing. While the scale is certainly far different, for large enterprises, examining such comparisons in light of their own mission-critical needs might be a valuable exercise in showing what is possible in a distributed computing environment.
As background for those who are not familiar with the CERN model, Phil Fersht from Horses for Sources notes that, “The purpose is to provision a data storage and analysis infrastructure for the entire high-energy physics community—not too dissimilar from a private cloud environment where users can plug in to the shared environment and access the applications they need, without stacks of IT hardware in the basement to house the data or IT personnel on site needed to maintain and support the infrastructure.”
When asked about what he’s observed at CERN that would carry over to the enterprise domain, Dr. Will Venters stated that the cloud and distributed computing environments provide great opportunities for collaboration, even if there are still the ages-old problems with collaboration across domains and interest areas to contend with. On a higher level, Venters contends that “the knowledge infrastructure around their [CERN’s] work is the key part of it and perhaps something the businesses would benefit from learning.”
Dr. Will Venters has shared some in-depth insights about his observations at the CERN site in this must-read article for those in the scientific and enterprise computing spaces alike.
Full story at Horses for Sources
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