Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing for Earth Science

-GeoCloud, Doug Nebert, FGDC
-Cloud Enabled GEOSS clearinghouse, Qunying Huang, GMU
-NASA Cloud Services, Phil Yang, NASA GSFC
-Discussion

Many Earth science problems cannot be explored by single computers and solved within a single science community, but through distributed computing paradigms and models interdisciplinary efforts, such problems can be tackled effectively. The emergence of cloud computing provides a potential solution to enable the addressing of the Earth science problems. This session provides the latest development on how cloud computing can help Earth sciences and how Earth sciences can help to shape cloud computing?

This session will include three talks and one discussion:

1) Doug Nebert from FGDC will introduce GeoCloud, a cross-agency initiative led by FGDC. In early 2010, FGDC summoned government agencies such as Census, NOAA, USGS, and USDA to deploy their geospatial products and applications onto a cloud environment. Objectives of this initiative are to define common operating system and software suites for geospatial applications, explore and document deployment and management strategies, monitor usage and costing of Cloud services in an operational environment, and pursue shared system security profiles for such solutions. The result of the project will serve as an guidance for governmental agencies in the future when considering Cloud service adoption for geospatial capabilities.

2) Qunying Huang from George Mason University Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing will introduce a joint project between the GeoCloud and GEO from their experiences on deploying the GEOSS clearinghouse to a cloud platform. The deployment of geospatial applications onto Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform will be introduced. Issues and Research will be reported about the leverage of cloud computing for the operational system.

3) Chaowei Phil Yang, the lead architect of NASA cloud services hosted by Goddard Space Flight Center, will introduce the NASA Cloud Services. 4) A discussion is arranged to discuss the question "how cloud computing can help geospatial sciences and how geospatial sciences can help to shape cloud computing".