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Yahoo, IIT-H focus on cloud computing

Posted: 05 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing  open source technologies 

Yahoo! India Research & Development has entered into an agreement with IIIT, Hyderabad with the objective of accelerating research and development in cloud computing.

The announced partnership will provide IIIT-H students an opportunity to research and work with Yahoo's key architects on cutting edge technologies. It will also give Yahoo! India R&D a chance to absorb IIIT-H students who participate in the collaborative research. Yahoo! India R&D believes that collaborations like these will aid industry-academia interactions and lay a strong foundation for creation of the much needed research talent.

The MoU spells out the commitments of the two organisations to the development of open source technologies and research focusing on cloud computing – a new area with immense potential to change the world of computing.

Cloud computing is Internet based computing in which resources are provided over the Internet "as a service" to the users, in a completely transparent manner. It is estimated that, in the future, about 90% of computing globally will be done through this new paradigm.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Chidambaran Kollengode, Director of Grid Engineering (Cloud Computing and Data Infrastructure Group) at Yahoo! India R&D said, "Yahoo India R&D is very excited to be partnering with a premier institute to do leading edge research on distributed computing. IIIT-H has done some pioneering work in this area and along with our shared goal of open source development, we are looking forward to a very fruitful collaboration."

The goal of this collaboration is to help researchers at Yahoo! India R&D and IIIT-H share and gain from the state-of-the-art knowledge and tools in the area of cloud computing, and encourage IIIT-H research students – students enrolled on MS by Research / PhD programs—to take up research in cloud computing. Cloud computing is already being offered as an optional course in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula at IIIT-H.

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