Working groups support the interest and activities of OCC Members. The current working groups include:
The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) Working Group
This is a working group that manages and operates the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC), which is is a petabyte scale science cloud for researchers to manage, analyze and share their data. Individual researchers may apply for accounts to analyze data hosted by the OSDC. Research projects with TB-scale datasets are encourage to join the OSDC and contribute towards its infrastructure.
The Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago uses the OSDC as the basis for Bionimbus, a cloud for genomics and related data. Partners of the OSCD include: the Moore Foundation, which is providing the hardware infrastructure for Phase 1 of the OSDC (2011-2014); Yahoo, which contributed the equipment for the Proof of Concept OSDC (2008-2010); and Cisco, which is providing the Cisco C-Wave to connect the several geographically distributed OSDC data centers. Funding to connect international partners to the OSDC is provided by the NSF.
Project Matsu is a collaboration between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop open source technology for cloud-based processing of satellite imagery to support the earth science research community as well as human assisted disaster relief. This working group develops and operates the OCC Matsu Cloud. Matsu resources are also available to those who needed elastic computing capacity to assist with flood and fire disaster relief.
The Open Cloud Testbed Working Group
This working group manages and operates the Open Cloud Testbed. The Open Cloud Testbed (OCT) is a geographically distributed cloud testbed spanning four data centers and connected with 10G and 100G network connections. The OCT is used to develop new cloud computing software and infrastructure. Membership in this working group is limited to OCC members who contribute computing, networking, or other resources to the Open Cloud Testbed. A current focus of the OCC Open Cloud Testbed is developing an OpenFlow enabled version of Hadoop, a project support by the NSF.
Biomedical Commons Cloud (BCC)
The OCC Biomedical Commons Cloud Working Group is developing an open cloud based infrastructure for sharing medical and health care data in a secure and compliant fashion to support biomedical research. Working group activities include: i) developing and operating a secure, compliant cloud for human genomic data; ii) developing and operating a secure cloud-based enclave that can be used for storing and analyzing electronic medical and health records in a HIPAA-compliant environment; and iii) contributing towards a petabyte-scale repository of open and controlled access biomedical data.