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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

“Your Cool Research Videos”: Seattle

August 1st, 2011 / in videos / by Erwin Gianchandani

Research Frontiers in CS:  Short Videos for UndergraduatesA few months ago, we announced a call for short videos describing exciting research and results in computer science — with the goal of communicating to undergraduates what computing research is all about. The first of these videos, titled Exploring PhotoBios, debuted in mid-June.

Today I’m pleased to present the second of these videos — about Seattle, a new testbed platform that allows researchers to access computational resources on a wide variety of devices and machines provided by everyday users.

Users today are increasingly running applications on devices like cell phones and tablets. Similarly, companies are increasingly moving services to separately managed services like the cloud or content distribution networks (CDNs). However, researchers in academia have limited access to these environments which makes it difficult to innovate and understand these areas.

With Seattle, a user runs the Seattle software on their device and it executes researcher code in a safe, performance-isolated manner while the user performs his or her usual tasks on the device. Researchers get access to a virtualized environment containing resources including CPU, memory, disk, and network access.

The Seattle testbed has already been used in about 20 classes around the world and has more than 1,000 registered developers. Currently, more than 4,000 machines are running the Seattle software — and most of these are home computers!

Check out the video about Seattle after the jump…

…and for more information about the project, click here.

Also, a friendly reminder that we’re always on the lookout for cool research videos like this one, so please click here to learn how you can get involved in this effort — and make $1,000 in the process!

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

“Your Cool Research Videos”: <em>Seattle</em>