New idea of blending "folding@home" & "cloud computing"

First of all,.. what is FOLDING @ HOME ?

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The folding@home concept is founded by a professor from Stanford in 1999.It helps scientists in identifying diseases related to protein folding by simply running this software.Proteins get fold or assemble themselves before performing the important functions.And some of the common diseases like cancer might also arise if there is a misfold in the proteins....

So you might be thinking why is this post talking about protein folding and biology instead of topics under system integration ?????

But, you will understand its close association with system integration class when we take into consideration of my new proposal of merging the concept of folding@home(FAH) with cloud computing.

New Proposal: FAH distributed computing is maintained by FAH team at Stanford and basically runs on spare CPU cycles of systems for protein folding calculations.Instead of using the CPU cycles of several systems at Stanford they can use the large, secure, and dedicated server farms of large cloud computing vendors and can demonstrate increase in efficiency and throughput.The costs for this model will be reasonale and can easily fit into the cloud's existing Software as a Service (SaS) business model.

With the increasing demand for reusable and easily accessible data in domains like healthcare,military fields, the commercial industry,and scientific research, the need for efficient means of computation is at an all time high.While many technologies, solutions, and,implementations are available for such tasks,
this post explores cloud-based and distributed computing. Specifically, it draws on the reliability of both methods and theorizes on a hybrid approach for a real-time problem of protein folding.

Advantages of cloud computing:
Cloud computing has garnered a great deal of attention in recent years. The attraction of this computing resource model for many technology departments, large and small, is as follows.
  1. Firstly, using cloud as their information technology backbone, an IT department can eliminate the large initial capital expenditures required to set up a computing infrastructure and reduce the significant overhead costs of the department by offloading the software upgrades and hardware maintenance to a third party.
  2. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the department can optimize its budget by eliminating the need to overbuy technology to allow for future needs—the cloud provides instant scalability with no up-front costs.
  3. And finally, when the potential for the additional security and monitoring provided by the dedicated staff of the cloud vendor are added to the equation, the advantages of the cloud model are quite compelling.

Simply put, the cloud offers the potential for not only a large capacity of spare computing power, but importantly a reliable source.Contrast this model with the current implementation of the FAH distributed application, which not only suffers from a continually varying processing capacity, but loses efficiency because several calculations must be restarted or verified and the application must recover from errors because of the inherent unreliability of data being returned by the volunteer nodes.

References:
http://folding.typepad.com/news/
http://folding.typepad.com/about.html
http://folding.stanford.edu/
http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/10026.aspx
http://web2.sys-con.com/node/658588

Posted by Asha on 1:54 PM

4 comments:

Michael Morgan said...

Wow Asha, this is very nice. I like when we start to tie together different concepts. Here, we have cloud computing, e-health, and systems integration. Good talk about the FAH app, I had never heard of it. Do you see a way this can tie in with another cloud idea, which is Google Health?

Asha for prime minister!

jesspanda said...

The efficiency nerd in me and the scientist in me both jumped for joy the first time I heard about folding@home. It makes me happy to see people thinking about taking more advantage of it the idea with new resources.

Bravo!

Michael Morgan said...

Jess, there's a scientist in you?

Asha said...

Thanks Jess and Michael.. for your compliments..

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