University of Utah computer scientists received a three-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build and support a new facility for researchers studying cloud computing.

The facility, CloudLab, will be run by the University of Utah. CloudLab aims to foster a new generation of cloud computing technologies and applications, such as new real-time monitoring and emergency response for natural disasters, or ways to maintain privacy of medical data.

Cloud computing allows companies and everyday consumers alike to “rent” computers and data storage. Tasks that previously would have been performed by a desktop computer or a company’s server can be stored in computers in the cloud and accessed over the web. These tasks include running software applications and storing files. “The cloud” refers to large pools of linked computers, typically in data centers, which perform this offsite data processing and storage.

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