Massachusetts college tackles innovative cloud computing effort

An Eastern Massachusetts college is embarking on an effort to lead an innovative cloud computing project in the western region of the state, according to a published report.

Boston University is set to embark on the three-year Massachusetts Open Cloud effort in Holyoke, BU Today reports. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick pledged $3 million in state support on Friday to endorse the project, which is colloquially known as MOC. The effort will include the collaboration of the state, technology firms and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering.

The project is touted as a precedent-setting effort, research professor Orran Kreiger with the school’s computer science department.

“The MOC will be the first realization of this model,” said Krieger, who also is director of the Cloud Computing Initiative with the Hariri Institute. “If it’s successful, we expect other clouds to follow our model, fundamentally changing the nature of cloud computing.”

With an emphasis on computational data-driven efforts, the The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering also propels the computing industry forward by encouraging the pursuit of advancement in arts, sciences, engineering and management, according to the school’s website.

The innovation effort stands to be beneficial to other parts of the state of Massachusetts. The top administrator of the state’s housing and economic development sector extolled the virtues of encouraging innovative advancement.

“Investing in innovative sectors that are becoming a prominent part of our economy is critical to meeting the demands of the 21st century,” secretary Greg Bialecki with the Massachusetts housing and economic development department told the publication.

The center in Holyoke is forecast to be akin to a mall, where the corporate partners who are involved in the project would sell the products and services that they devise, according to the publication.