M45 Cloud Computing initiative adds 4 top universities

Originally launched in November 2007, the Yahoo! M45 academic research initiative provides universities the opportunity to conduct research otherwise impossible without the power and speed of Yahoo!'s supercomputing resource, which consists of approximately 4,000 processors.

Yahoo! is now expanding its supercomputing cluster to include four additional marquee universities: Stanford, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Purdue. They join Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst on the cluster, which brings a unique Internet-scale computing environment to academic researchers.

Hadoop, the open source technology at the epicenter of big data and cloud computing, is the core data-analysis technology used across Yahoo!. It is used by all universities participating in the M45 research initiative.

By expanding the M45 platform to support both mobile and cloud computing research, Yahoo! is enabling these top-tier universities to tackle one of the industry’s hottest research trends.

For more details on this and additional university research projects facilitated on Yahoo!’s M45 supercomputer, please read today's M45 Yodel post. Also, check out Yahoo!'s industry-leading research portfolio at Yahoo! Labs.