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Cloud Computing : HP, Intel, Yahoo build test platform

Hardware and services giant Hewlett-Packard, chip-maker Intel and web portal Yahoo! are to build “a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment”. This will comprise six giant data centres, located around the world and based mainly on HP and Intel kit, each containing between 1,000 and 4,000 processor cores.

This platform will be used as a test bed for experimental ‘cloud computing’ services. Research partners include the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

“With this test bed, not only can researchers test applications at Internet scale, they will also have access to the underlying computing systems to advance understanding of how systems software and hardware function in a cloud environment,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo! Research.

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