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Cloud Computing: A Powerful Research Tool

Corinne Cho-Beaulieu
Education, Research & Public Sector Industry Marketing Director

Today's Featured Blogger:

Jenny Tsai-Smith, Oracle Vice President, Cloud Innovation Accelerator 

People typically associate Oracle with solutions for business, and rightly so, but we have a long history of working with public sector institutions around the world, including government, education, and research.

Our commitment to education in particular is illustrated by the Oracle Academy, Oracle’s flagship program in education philanthropy, which partners with more than 15,000 educational institutions in 128 countries. Through this free program—for educators and students—Oracle Academy supports 6.3 million students annually.

A more recent example is the new Oracle Cloud Innovation Accelerator program, which enables educators, researchers, students, and university-affiliated entrepreneurs to use the power of Oracle’s cloud technology to accelerate scientific discoveries, and create solutions that have the potential to make a significant and positive impact in our world.

We’re participating in a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and facilitated by Internet2 to create innovative cloud computing capabilities for science applications and scientific computing research.

The project, known as Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS), invite proposals from researchers across multiple academic disciplines interested in performing cutting-edge scientific and computing studies by leveraging capabilities in cloud computing platforms. 

The criteria for evaluation of E-CAS projects are Acceleration of Science, and Innovation. We’re seeing many examples of how the education and research community is doing both with the Oracle Cloud:

  • University of Texas at Arlington and Yale University researchers are using the cloud to speed evaluation of cognitive disorders in children.

  • Students at Stanford University are building creative cloud-based solutions to real-world problems such as lowering disaster response times, supporting human rights, and improving access to medicine.

  • ELEM Biotech, a spinout from Barcelona Supercomputing Center, is developing computational Virtual Humans, where drugs or medical devices can be tested in-silico to run heart and respiratory simulations requiring the fastest supercomputer performance.

  • Cardiff University's Dr Vivien Raymond is using high performance cloud computing to accelerate the massively complex simulations needed to predict and analyze gravitational waves generated from black hole mergers, billions of light years from Earth.

  • Researchers at Bristol University are shifting simulations from shared on-premise supercomputing clusters to the cloud with impressive results. Molecular analysis of nicotine receptors took 4 days versus 3 to 4 months, potentially leading to more effective cures for nicotine addiction.

  • The Intelligent IoT Integration (I3) consortium at University of Southern California is capturing streaming video to identify litter, graffiti, illegal dumping, and vandalism in the streets of Los Angeles. Oracle Cloud technology processes the images, using deep learning to label the data, and makes that data available to other applications.

Cloud computing is transforming the research paradigm from batch to on-demand, enabling researchers to work with greater agility and productivity, at lower cost. Cloud computing has revolutionized enterprise computing over the past decade and clearly it has the potential to provide similar impact for campus-based scientific workloads. 

For more information on the Oracle Cloud Innovation Accelerator program, click the link or visit https://www.oracle.com/industries/education-and-research/innovation-accelerator/




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