In recent years, the race to build the fastest computers has been joined by a parallel competition to design the most energy-efficient machines. The colossal data centers supporting cloud computing and web applications consume massive amounts of energy, using electricity to both run and cool their tens of thousands of servers. As engineers look for new CPU designs that reduce energy usage, scientists from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory are seeking an AI-based solution, using the cloud computing testbed Chameleon to reduce power through smarter task traffic.


The traditional science research article doesn’t perform many tricks. When journals made the leap from paper to web, they largely settled on the static format of the PDF, a format that offers easy printing and little else. In the meantime, research across the spectrum of science has grown more data-intensive and computational, and programmers have developed exciting new ways to document, publish, share, and collaborate on projects. The ingredients are all there for a new kind of living, dynamic scientific publication.


Cyberinfrastructure is the connective tissue for computational science, tying together the research projects, resources, software, data, networks, and people needed to make important discoveries. In an era where soon all research will be computational science, to varying degrees, the importance of building strong cyberinfrastructures to support that research grows -- as do the challenges. But what will the cyberinfrastructures of the future look like?


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The Discovery Cloud is CI Director Ian Foster's vision to deliver powerful computational tools and methods to every professional and amateur scientist around the world, fundamentally transforming the ecosystem of science. Globus is the first step towards realizing this vision.

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The OSDC is a petabyte scale science cloud for researchers to manage, analyze and share their data and to get easy access to data from other scientists.

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Nimbus is an open-source toolkit focused on providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities to the scientific community. Nimbus enables providers of resources to build private or community IaaS clouds, users to use IaaS clouds and developers to extend, experiment and customize IaaS. Combining those tools and capabilities in different ways allows users to rapidly develop custom community-specific solutions.

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