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In this paper, the authors discuss the design and implementation of an academic cloud service, which they call Baadal. Tailored for academic and research requirements, Baadal bridges the gap between a private cloud and the requirements of an institution where request patterns and infrastructure are quite different from commercial settings. For example, researchers typically run simulations requiring hundreds of Virtual Machines (VMs) all communicating through message-passing interfaces to solve complex problems. They describe their experience with designing and developing a cloud work flow to support such requirements. Their work flow is quite different from that provided by other commercial cloud vendors (which they found not suited to their requirements).
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