Cloud computing has become a ubiquitous component of our online lives, allowing users on-demand access to third-party storage solutions. CloudLab, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is looking to build on this infrastructural technology in developing flexible, scientific cloud architecture for the US research community. The project is being conducted by a consortium of institutions, including: The University of Utah, Clemson University; the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; the University of Wisconsin; Raytheon BBN Technologies; and US Ignite. Vendors Cisco, Dell and HP have partnered with the project leadership to help design and build the CloudLab facility, which will include clusters distributed across sites in Utah, Wisconsin and South Carolina.
Officially titled, “CloudLab: Flexible Scientific Infrastructure to Support Fundamental Advances in Cloud Architectures and Applications,” the project is focused on establishing an infrastructure that will simultaneously support hundreds of specifically tailored cloud environments. These environments will allow researchers to coordinate research and scientific exploration within the cloud, as well as experiment with the capabilities of cloud architecture itself.
Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Kuang-Ching Wang, who is leading the CloudLab project at Clemson University, sees the CloudLab facility as a potential catalyst for change in terms of the scientific community’s utilization of computing technology. “By providing unprecedented levels of access and support to customizing building blocks of a computing cloud interconnected with high-performance and software-programmable networks, CloudLab will help researchers reimagine more powerful ways to compute their data and conduct their research.”
Jim Bottum, research professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson, and member of the CloudLab team, projects that the university’s concurrent involvement with Cloudlab, and another National Science Foundation project – “Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Educational Facilitation” – will afford the scientific community both the infrastructure needed to conduct their research, and the facilitation needed to help disseminate the technology. “The expectation is that a great deal of first-rate technology will be deployed in production environments by the research facilitators funded in our NSF ACI-REF (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Educational Facilitation) project to enhance the research capabilities of our communities,” says Bottum.
Prospective graduate students interested in Clemson’s ongoing participation in cyberinfrastructure research are encouraged to enroll in ECE 6380, Computer Communications. This course, being offered by Clemson University at the Lowcountry Graduate Center this summer, will cover topics related to the aforementioned research, including: digital data transmission techniques; modems and communications channels; communications software and protocols; multiprocessors and distributed processing; concurrency and cooperation of dispersed processors. Students may enroll in the upcoming session of this course at any time prior to the first day of class, May 12, 2016.
The Computer Communications course is a requirement for students pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on power engineering. This course of study is available to students both at Clemson’s main campus and at the Lowcountry Graduate Center.
To learn more about the admission requirements for the MS in Electrical Engineering at Clemson University, visit the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Source: Clemson Newsstand Media Release