IBM brings cloud computing to universities

Posted by Nino Marchetti


Armonk (NY) - IBM is taking its version of cloud computing to universities around the world to solve what Big Blue says are "real world problems." These include initiatives in Qatar, South Africa and Japan. By bring cloud computing to these remote places, IBM hopes to foster an air of cooperative advancement in machine utilization and software abilities.





IBM has teamed with three universities in Qatar - Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar University, and Texas A&M University at Qatar - to open up its cloud infrastructure to local businesses and industries to test applications and complete various projects, including seismic modeling and the exploration for oil and gas. This is in addition to an Arabic language Web search engine and the testing and migration of various applications using Hadoop / MapReduce programming methods.



The South African effort, done in conjunction with the Computational Intelligence Research Group at the University of Pretoria, is using cloud computing for next-generation medical research. Students, said IBM, hope to find "ways to slow the progression of serious illnesses by studying drug absorption rates and protein structure folding of a person's DNA once introduced to a certain type of medication."



Finally, in Japan, IBM is working with the students at Kyushu University through Societal Information System Engineering classes, as they are called. These classes, besides showing how to understand the cloud computing management system and design applications and cloud infrastructures, are also teaching these IT engineers ethical standards and what IBM says is "foresight about long-term changes in social conditions and ... how to develop information technology accordingly."



"For decades, clients have turned to IBM to integrate new technologies and computing paradigms into their operations -- in recent years Linux, open source and the Internet," said Willy Chiu, Vice President, IBM Cloud Labs, in a statement. "We're thrilled to be a part of projects like these that not only make organizations more efficient, but move the needle forward for the world."