College of Liberal Arts

Limited Submission: Yahoo! Cloud and Mobile Computing

Monday May 10, 2010 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

LIMITED SUBMISSION: Yahoo!’s Cloud and Mobile Computing program.

Materials are due electronically to Jeff Meserve (meserve@austin.utexas.edu) by Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am.

Please submit:

  • Two page maximum proposal describing why access to the computing power of the Yahoo! Cluster is necessary to advance this research. The projects should focus on exploring innovative use of the cluster, running atop a Hadoop service, and research topics in cloud/data-intensive computing. It is possible that systems data will be made available for analysis and evaluation, and data can be shared across institutions. Note, however that changes to the operating environment will be limited, and request for access to lower layers of the software stack and the hardware may be denied.
  • Short CV, highlighting your research trajectory.


Program description:
As part of Yahoo!’s continuing effort to advance cloud and mobile computing research, they are pleased to announce that, beginning in Summer 2010, they will make a cloud computing cluster available to selected universities in the US. Yahoo!’s M45 cluster is part of the open CirrusTM Testbed created by HP, Intel, and Yahoo!, and the cluster has been in use by selected universities since November 2007. The partition Yahoo! Plans to make available to universities will consist of roughly 400 nodes with a total of 3,200 cores, over 2 terabytes of memory, and over 1 petabyte of raw storage. The Yahoo! Cluster is intended to run the apache open source software Hadoop and Pig. Each selected university will share the partition with other selected universities. The initial duration of use if 6 months, potentially renewable for another 6 months upon written agreement.

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