Science and engineering, two disciplines that are critical to innovations in ecology, health, energy, defense and more have been limited for many years by the speed at which they could gather and validate data. Cloud computing is changing the face of research by making more data available, improving communication and increasing collaboration to open up the world of possibilities for scientists and innovators.
The amount of data that is available is beyond vast. Fifty years ago, much of that data was in disparate databases, not easily accessed by anyone outside of the organization that owned it. Advances in cloud technology have made it easier to connect and access data for scientific computing. The Human Genome Project, made possible by information sharing on the internet, has led to the identification of 1,800 genes that cause disease. The data for this project makes it more immense than any other scientific project to date.
Just having data does not mean that it can be instantly useful. Imagine having access to all the historical documents and groundbreaking books of the last 200 years at your disposal in one big library. How long would it take you to read and understand all that writing? You would need a way to quickly get the salient details from each to make having the access effective. Faster networks to access the data combined with data mining is what has made the overwhelming amount of information available on the cloud quickly useable to researchers.
With the success of collaborative research like the Human Genome Project that gives us a look at the genetic makeup of our bodies and its diseases, scientists, engineers, physicians and researchers realize that working collaboratively is the key to solving common global issues like disease. Another project, the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) program, has already shared over 2.5 petabytes of data that is publicly accessible by anyone to use to advance the research of cancer treatment.
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