Google and IBM have teamed together in an initiative to advance large-scale distributed computing. How do they plan to do this? By making resources available to researchers and students.

A quote from the article at InformationWeek:

“Google is excited to partner with IBM to provide resources which will better equip students and researchers to address today’s developing computational challenges,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, in a statement. “In order to most effectively serve the long-term interests of our users, it is imperative that students are adequately equipped to harness the potential of modern computing systems and for researchers to be able to innovate ways to address emerging problems.”

Initially, University of Washington, Carnegie-Mellon University, MIT, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Maryland will participate in the program.

Parallel and distributed processing represents a technological shift that addresses the scalability issues faced by the rapid expansion of the Internet.

Google will allow access to several of its custom servers, along with IBM’s BladeCenter and System X machines. The cluster is expected to scale to 1,600 processors in the future. Also, Google has several courses available online at

More news links:

Google and IBM team on cloud computing initiatives for universities (Ars Technica)

Google, IBM and universities announce cloud computing project (CNN)

Google and IBM push cluster computing to colleges (Register)