January 23, 2012 – Although federal researchers were generally upbeat about the agile capabilities of cloud computing, they found that shifting their niche data sets for scientific experiments to virtual environments might not hold the same savings seen in other industries.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) recently released its final report on the Magellan project, which investigated the performance, usability and cost roles cloud computing can play in midrange computing and data-intensive workloads. Over the last two years, the Magellan project particularly probed how the cloud could address the unique big data needs for research by the federal energy department’s Office of Science.

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