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rPath Wins Department of Energy Grant to Manage Application Delivery for Grid Computing

Quoting from their press release:

rPath, provider of the first platform for creating and maintaining Linux software appliances, today announced it has been notified by Congressman Brad Miller’s office that it is a recipient of a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). rPath will use the grant to enable its rBuilder platform to create Xen virtual machine images for deployment in grid environments such as the Open Science Grid.
 
Large scale grid computing platforms are needed for scientific research, but it is difficult to match available grid capacity with applications because each of the National Laboratory grids is unique in its operating system configuration. rPath's virtual appliance technology solves this problem by combining applications with their operating environments in virtual containers which can be run on any available grid.


According to DOE personnel who reviewed rPath's proposal, the technology "could represent a breakthrough" in the packaging, delivery and maintenance of distributed computing environments.  DOE reviewers went on to say that rPath's proposal is backed by "highly skilled people from diverse backgrounds whose combined knowledge should produce a significant advance.”
 
"rPath is excited to be working towards universal application deployment on grids with the Department of Energy," said Erik Troan, rPath founder and CTO. "Together we will show how rPath's virtual appliance technology increases the utilization of grids by making those resources readily available to a wide array of applications."

Published Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:04 PM by David Marshall
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