Google has launched a new program for researchers keen to utilize the Google Cloud Platform in their studies. On Thursday, the tech giant said that academic research can become quicker, more efficient, cheaper, and more secure through the use of cloud technologies, and Google wants to become a part of the latest discoveries. In a blog post, the company said the new scheme, called Google Cloud Platform (GCP) research credits, will allow researches worldwide to take advantage of data storage, analytics, and machine-learning capabilities in the cloud. Researchers are already taking advantage of the Google Cloud Platform in their research. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is using GCP for mathematical research, while others from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University developed an open-source platform for managing climate science data sets through GCP.
Earlier this month, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new collaboration with three major cloud vendors to provide computing credits for academic research. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure each committed up to $3 million over three years in computing time on their platforms for academic research as part of the new NSF initiative, making some of the world's most powerful "big data" platforms far more readily available to power the next generation of research.
Less than a week after the White House's Office of Science and Technology organized a consortium to focus the power of artificial intelligence on addressing the coronavirus outbreak, another tech team is joining the fight -- this time, armed with supercomputers and the cloud. The COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium includes the Seattle area's powerhouses of cloud computing, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, as well as IBM and Google Cloud. There are also academic partners (MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), federal agency partners (NASA and the National Science Foundation) and five Department of Energy labs (Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia). Among the resources being brought to bear is the world's most powerful supercomputer, the Oak Ridge Summit, which packs a 200-petaflop punch. "America is coming together to fight COVID-19, and that means unleashing the full capacity of our world-class supercomputers to rapidly advance scientific research for treatments and a vaccine," Michael Kratsios, the White House's chief technology officer, said in a news release.