Cloud Computing Goes to College
Cloud computing and higher learning are an ideal partnership, with cloud systems being an orderly, constructive, and easily tweaked ethereal research mechanism. Just as two University of Indiana students are discovering, cloud systems, since not yet as accepted in research and scientific communities, provide a method as well as a funding mechanism which should contribute to invention.
The funding, a $100,000 research grant opportunity, was provided by Persistent Systems, a global alliance with offices in 8 countries, specializing in development and product services through cooperative industries.
Persistent foresees the growth in future revolutionized services for inspiration to the unknown but discoverable, by sponsorship to creative accomplishment, in the form of cash... and sound backing. Persistent's CEO, Anand Deshpande gushes, "Indiana University continues to be a pioneer and at the forefront of U.S. Informatics research. At Persistent Systems we are continuously tracking new technology trends and aligning our areas of expertise with these market developments. Cloud computing, mass spectrometry and NGS are considered disruptive technologies, and the research can make significant impact in health care, life sciences and other domains.” Persistent obviously understands the value of enlightened enthusiasm for the potentially impossible... scientists promote the dream, and education instigates a revelation.
The students, Thilina Gunarathne and Anoop Mayampurath, are each presented $50,000 toward their genius. Thilina, a fourth-year computer science student has convinced this community of observers that cloud computing deserves its own education. Thilina intends to develop applications to be used to support the use of computing, specifically cloud computing, in scientific roles. Anoop, a doctorate student, and the second recipient of another $50,000 grant, intends to work to improve software systems which can be used to secure modifications to improve the identification of glycopeptides and this protein's use in disease prognosis.
Persistent sees the potential, education recognizes the possibility.
Persistence pays off.