Google announced that ACCI, which they launched jointly with IBM in 2007 to provide a big data platform to the research community, is now officially over. Google Research Blog suggests the program was a success:
Overall, 1,328 researchers have used the cluster to perform over 120 million computing tasks on the cluster and in the process, have published 49 scientific publications, educated thousands of students on parallel computing and supported numerous post-doctoral candidates in their academic careers. Researchers have used the program for such diverse fields as astronomy, oceanography and linguistics. Besides validating MapReduce as a useful tool in academic research, the program has also generated significant scientific knowledge.
Google says there are many low-cost cloud computing options that provide viable alternatives to ACCI.
by Michael Alatortsev