Cloud computing and big data technologies, while in their infancy, are already transforming society. Based on the “Open Cloud eXchange” model, the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) is a new, transformative model for public clouds. It is an open and customizable approach to the design and operation of cloud computing that stands in sharp contrast to the closed and prescribed solutions offered by today’s single-provider clouds.
In the MOC, multiple entities engage on a level playing field to provide computing resources and services as well as to add value to offerings by other entities in support of a wide range of data-driven applications. With significant payoff to the public and private sectors, the MOC will be a catalyst for the economic development of business clusters that engage both industrial and academic institutions.
Led by Boston University, the MOC is a collaborative effort among BU, Harvard, UMass Amherst, MIT, and Northeastern University, as well as the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It has been funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under a Mass Tech Collaborative Matching Grant Award, and with matching grants from key industry participants.
Professor Azer Bestavros (Director of BU’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering) and Research Professor Orran Krieger (Director of the Cloud Computing Initiative at the Hariri Institute) have been interviewed about their involvement in the MOC.