HPC in the Cloud posted a nice article describing how scientists from the Canadian CANFAR projects are using cloud computing to deal with their data problem. Quoting from a recent white paper by Nicholas Ball and David Schade:
“in the past two decades, astronomy has gone from being starved for data to being flooded by it. This onslaught has now reached the stage where the exploitation of these data has become a named discipline in its own right”
This is yet another scientific discipline that is turning to cloud computing to deal with their expanding need for data analysis. The HPC in the Cloud article has a nice summary of the researchers’ needs and initial exploration in this space.