University of Southampton
The current model of transferring data from data centers to desktops for analysis will soon be rendered impractical by the accelerating growth in the volume of science data sets. Processing will instead often take place on high performance servers co-located with data. Evaluations of how new technologies such as cloud computing would support such a new distributed computing model are urgently needed. Cloud computing is a new way of purchasing computing and storage resources on-demand through virtualization technologies.