The National Science Foundation is partnering with Google and IBM to give the academic community access to a large-scale computing cluster in order to help researchers improve ways to process many terabytes of data in parallel.
 
In a “dear colleague” letter sent to the research community this week to announce the initiative, the NSF said that it is designed to address the challenges of “data-intensive” computing, in which “the sheer volume of data is the dominant performance parameter.”
 

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