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NSF and Internet2 to explore cloud computing to accelerate science frontiers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new cooperative agreement with Internet2, a nonprofit computer networking consortium, to build partnerships with commercial cloud computing providers and support science applications in new and more effective uses of cloud computing capabilities. The NSF-funded Internet2 project, Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS), will investigate the viability of commercial clouds as an option for leading-edge research computing and computational science supporting a range of academic disciplines. Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform have signed on as the initial cloud computing providers in this endeavor. NSF has pledged $3 million for a two-phased approach to be managed by Internet2 and is expected to produce a deeper understanding of the use of cloud computing in accelerating scientific discoveries.

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