Rich Wolski is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the Eucalyptus Project. Rich joined me at the end of last week for a conversation about Eucalyptus, and the result has just been released as one of the podcast series I’m continuing to produce for Talis.
EUCALYPTUS, or Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems, is an open source software infrastructure originally created to facilitate teaching and research in Cloud Computing.
Eucalyptus is compatible with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and is generating increasing interest beyond the research community. This interest is expected to increase with the next version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which will include Eucalyptus and therefore bring a taste of Cloud infrastructure to the desktops of millions of computing enthusiasts.
During our 35 minute conversation, Rich shares his views on the difference between Grid Computing and Cloud Computing, discusses the origins and current state of Eucalyptus, and looks forward to the creation of a company intended to support and sustain an Open Source Eucalyptus into the future.
Have a listen, and see what you think.