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Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory

To test cloud computing for scientific capability, DOE centers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) will install similar mid-range computing hardware, but will offer different computing environments. The combined set of systems will create a cloud testbed that scientists can use for their computations while also testing the effectiveness of cloud computing for their particular research problems.

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

The DISA is developing a number of Cloud Computing solutions available to US military, DoD government civilians and DoD contractors for Government authorized use. They include: Forge.mil, a system that currently enables the collaborative development and use of open source and DoD community source software; GCDS, a commercially owned, globally distributed computing platform that provides a reliable and secure content and application distribution services solution that delivers applications to dispersed user communities; and RACE, a quick-turn computing solution that uses cloud computing to deliver platforms that are quick, inexpensive and secure.

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE is exploring the cloud concept with its federal partners to identify opportunities to provide better service at lower cost through cloud services. The DOE National Laboratories are exploring the use of cloud services for scientific computing. They are also developing high bandwidth networking to transport the high volumes of data between DOE and cloud service providers required by scientific computing.

Department of the Interior National Business Center (NBC)

Department of the Interior National Business Center (NBC)

The Department of the Interior's National Business Center (NBC) plans to bring the benefits of cloud computing to both NBC's business services clients and data center hosting clients alike through advancements to the highly efficient NBC shared infrastructure. The NBC is offering six cloud computing products: NBCGrid (IaaS), NBCFiles (Cloud Storage), NBCStage (PaaS), NBC Hybrid Cloud, NBCApps (SaaS Marketplace), & NBCAuth.

Federal CIO Council

Federal CIO Council

Cloud computing plays a key role in the President's initiative to modernize Information Technology (IT) by identifying enterprise-wide common services and solutions and adopting a new cloud computing business model. The Federal CIO Council under the guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vivek Kundra, established the Cloud Computing Initiative to fulfill the President's objectives for cloud computing.

General Services Administration (GSA)

General Services Administration (GSA)

The GSA is focusing on implementing projects for planning, acquiring, deploying and utilizing cloud computing solutions for the Federal Government that increase operational efficiencies, optimize common services and solutions across organizational boundaries and enable transparent, collaborative and participatory government. This includes Apps.gov, the official Cloud Computing Storefront for the Federal Government. The site features a complete listing of all GSA approved Cloud services available to federal agencies.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan (MIC)

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan (MIC)

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) released a report outlining the Digital Japan Creation Project (ICT Hatoyama Plan) which seeks to create new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) markets to help boost Japan’s economy. Within this plan is an outline to create a nation wide Cloud Computing infrastructure tentatively called the Kasumigaseki Cloud.

NASA

NASA

NASA has several cloud programs including Nebula, a Cloud Computing pilot under development at NASA Ames Research Center. It integrates a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform, providing high-capacity computing, storage and network connectivity using a virtualized, scalable approach to achieve cost and energy efficiencies. The fully-integrated nature of the Nebula components provide for extremely rapid development of policy-compliant and secure web applications, fosters and encourages code reuse, and improves the coherence and cohesiveness of NASA's collaborative web applications.

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

To test cloud computing for scientific capability, DOE centers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) will install similar mid-range computing hardware, but will offer different computing environments. The combined set of systems will create a cloud testbed that scientists can use for their computations while also testing the effectiveness of cloud computing for their particular research problems.

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

NIST's role in cloud computing is to promote the effective and secure use of the technology within government and industry by providing technical guidance and promoting standards.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

In 2008 the ACCI partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide grant funding to academic researchers interested in exploring large-data applications that could take advantage of this infrastructure. This resulted in the creation of the Cluster Exploratory (CLuE) program led by Dr Jim French, which currently funds 14 University projects.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

The Canadian Government's CTO of Public Works Government Services presented a paper on Cloud Computing and the Canadian Environment. This paper essentially outlines the Canadian Government’s considerations of cloud computing by outlining the advantage of their cold landscape (among other things) as a prime location for the construction of large energy efficient Cloud Computing data centers.

Seventh Framework Programme

Seventh Framework Programme

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof, playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. The FP7 is funding several projects on cloud computing and has also compiled a group of experts to outline the future direction of Cloud Computing research.

UK Government CIO Council

UK Government CIO Council

The UK Government’s CIO announced the establishment of a UK onshore, private Government Cloud Computing Infrastructure called G-Cloud. In essence the program will include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Middleware/Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In relation to SaaS the government would establish a Government Application Store. This plan is supported by the UK Government’s Digital Britain initiative.