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.
Several labs are exploring new collaborative social networking systems for communication with the public, for example Twitter (headlines with links), YouTube channel (video), and Flickr (photos) as distribution channels for news items.
The National Laboratories are also exploring hybrid solutions which would give them the ability to maintain control over the user authorization process while using cloud services such as email, calendaring and collaboration tools for instances which require strong authentication of service users.
A New program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the US Department of Energy (DOE) will examine cloud computing as a cost-effective and energy-efficient computing paradigm for scientists to accelerate discoveries in a variety of disciplines, including analysis of scientific data sets in biology, climate change and physics.