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Hosting the universe on an open source cloudMatthew Aslett, March 26, 2009 @ 8:42 am ET
Earlier this week NASA Ames Research Center announced that it had entered into a “Space Act Agreement” with Microsoft to “jointly… develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the most interesting NASA content – including high-resolution scientific images and data from Mars and the moon – explorable on WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft’s online virtual telescope for exploring the universe.”
Which is interesting enough, although nothing to do with this blog. Except that NASA Ames CIO Chris Kemp revealed in a blog post that while Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope will provide the front end the public uses to view the universe, the back-end data (over 100 terabytes) “will be hosted on a new cloud platform built on open source technology that was specifically designed to host vast quantities of scientific data.”
He’s promising more details of that platform in a later post. In the meantime it would appear unfortunate that while the data will be hosted on an open source platform individuals with an open source desktop are not going to be able to view it.
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