IBM and Google announced a new initiative to offer free education and facilitate collaboration on software programming at universities. They plan to open data centers for students to program in what is called “cloud computing.” They call it the “academic cluster computing initiative” and gets large groups of students together to collaborate and write code online.
The two companies have donated the hardware, software, and services. The initiative is already working at the University of Washington. Next, on to Carnegie-Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. They are also offering services to the public and want to make complex processes more efficient.
They will also offer a free curriculum for universities about what is called cluster computing which done online is referred to as “cloud computing. ” They are offering the courses through a Creative Commons license. Three courses are available at the University of Washington in conjunction with Google.
Additionally Google is giving free access to video lectures on the topic of cluster computing that Google created this year to train their interns. IBM is providing an open source developing platform called Hadoop, and a web site to encourage collaboration with universities and students via their product the IBM Innovation Factory.
Both companies rely on programming talent and are encouraging innovation and learning. Tech companies have been leading the way, but to support future growth, they are involving some of the top universities in the country.