Parallel processing and Cloud computing are fostering the evolution of eScience, an emerging field that spans across various areas, from astronomy to database technology, and even to medicine, ecology and social science. The 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis, which took place the past week, was the stage where the Redmond company, Indiana University and the IEEE’s International Conference on e-Science emphasized the advancements in terms of eScience, because of the new microchip technology available in combination with distributed architectures and the Cloud.
As researchers we find ourselves in this ‘Fourth Paradigm’ of data-intensive science where we will be able to tackle previously intractable problems,” Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft External Research, said. “Data is being continuously collected; repositories are being made publicly available; the ability to collaborate online and compute in the cloud is becoming an increasingly accepted model. All of these are having a tremendous impact on science.