Very aware of the benefits of cloud computing for e-science, the Helix Nebula project was launched by key European players to challenge the approach to e-infrastructure deployment that has dominated over the last 25 years.
Cloud-based services for science could become a billion-eurobusiness in the near future.
Within the Helix Nebula project, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Space Agency (ESA) – together with industrial stakeholders – have deployed three pilot applications in the cloud:
These three pilots have opened the door to new target domains for the science cloud. Three new applications are in the pipeline for deployment in three different scientific fields: weather forecasting, oceanic research and neuroimaging. Helix Nebula currently involves more than 35 organisations and foresees expansion to include more public and private sector partners.
(Article from net-cloud future magazine (2013) - for complete magazine click here )