Computer science researchers interested in studying topics related to cloud computing often have difficulty obtaining access to cluster resources of interesting size on which to conduct their experiments. This dearth of access is particularly challenging for those scientists interested in developing technologies for the next generation of system software—such efforts require access to raw server hardware.
Consequently, Intel, Yahoo, and HP sponsored the Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Testbed* to make such a cloud computing research vehicle available. To further spur innovation, the community espouses an open access model, an open exchange of research results, and open source software. The testbed currently comprises nine sites around the world which are available in aggregate for the study of cloud computing topics—particularly in the areas of data center federation and system software.