The winning entries comprise of a variety of ideas including personalized DNA, seismic networks and even one on improving the App Engine as well. Other projects included - a new type of seismic network, machine learning to characterize cities, analyzing climate change by using Google Maps - all of these to be built on top of Google's powerful App Engine.
Google's App Engine empowers these researches to make use of its infrastructure to implement their ambitious project ideas. Normally such research projects are deployed on IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) based cloud computing environments. Google's App Engine is a developer friendly PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering. Google had earlier rewarded some researchers with 100 million core hours of computing on its App Engine platform.
Projects as big as these, require a lot of computing power and that doesn't come cheap at all. The contest should provide researchers with enough cushion to at least get started. They can obviously look for other sponsors to fund their projects' hunger for computing power once they exhaust their $60,000 credits on the App Engine.
The move has been welcome by major research institutes worldwide. Offering PaaS based computing platforms make it easier to eliminate operational costs for research projects. Simply put, it empowers anyone who wants to implement their code on an otherwise expensive set of infrastructure, to help build the next big thing that could change millions of lives eventually.
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