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GCN : May 2014
During the past decade information technologies have driven productivity gains that are essential to U.S. economic competitiveness, and computing systems now control a signi cant portion of the critical infrastructure. As a result, tremendous public and commercial resources are devoted to ensuring that programs are correct, es- pecially at scale. Yet, in spite of sizeable efforts by developers, software defects remain at the root of most system errors and security vulnerabilities. To address the predicament, the De- fense Advanced Research Projects Agen- cy wants to advance the way software is built, debugged, veri ed, maintained and understood by combining principles of big data analytics with software analysis. DARPA said its Mining and Under- standing Software Enclaves (MUSE) pro- gram would facilitate ways to dramatical- ly improve software correctness and help develop radically different approaches for automatically constructing and repair- ing complex software, according to its announcement. "Our goal is to apply the principles of big data analytics to identify and under- stand deep commonalities among the constantly evolving corpus of software drawn from the hundreds of billions of lines of open source code available today," said Suresh Jagannathan, DARPA program manager in the announcement. "We're aiming to treat programs---more precisely, facts about programs---as data, discovering new relationships (enclaves) among this 'big code' to build better, more robust software." Central to MUSE's approach is the creation of a community infrastructure that would incorporate a continuously operating speci cation-mining engine, the agency said. This engine would use "deep program analyses and big data analytics to create a public database containing ... inferences about salient properties, behaviors and vulnerabilities of software drawn from the hundreds of billions of lines of open source code available today," the agency said. "The collective knowledge gleaned from this effort would facilitate new mechanisms for dramatically improving software reliability and help develop radi- cally different approaches for automati- cally constructing and repairing complex software," DARPA said in describing the project. • DARPA to mine 'big code' to improve software reliability BY GCN STAFF 10 GCN MAY 2014 • GCN.COM [BrieFing] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick an- nounced a $3 million capital investment in the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) project, a university-industry collaboration designed to create a new public cloud infrastructure to spur big data innovation. Unlike existing proprietary public clouds, where all of the technology is controlled by a single entity, the goal of the MOC is to establish a marketplace where hardware capacity, software and services can be supplied, purchased and resold by many participants. The MOC will provide a range of services, including infrastructure as a service, which offers on-demand access to virtual machines, as well as applica- tion development and big data platform services via the cloud. MOC is hosted at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke. The MOC project is a collaboration that draws from all ve MGHPCC universities, including overall project leadership from Boston University, operational leadership from Harvard University, development from Northeastern University, community building from MIT and related research by faculty from the University of Massa- chusetts, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University and MIT. Industry partners, including Cisco, EMC, SGI, Red Hat, Juniper, Canonical, Dell, Intel, Mellanox, Brocade, Data- Direct Networks, Mathworks, Plexxi, Cambridge Computer Services, Enter- prise DB and Riverbed are contribut- ing engineering and operational talent, equipment, nancial support and busi- ness guidance. The hardware platform for the Massachusetts Open Cloud will be housed at the MGHPCC. Gov. Patrick also announced the 2014 Mass Big Data Report, which con rms the continued growth and competitive- ness of the commonwealth's big data industry. "Massachusetts' competitive edge lies in our exceptional academic institu- tions, cutting-edge private companies, highly-skilled workforce and above all our willingness to work together to address the increasing demand for big data solu- tions," said Gov. Patrick. Overall, the report nds that the global big data market is expected to top $48 billion by 2017, up from $11.6 billion in 2012. While hardware and services are expected to continue to account for the greatest share of revenue, the fastest growing sector is likely to be in big data- enabled applications. For Massachusetts, big data applica- tions in healthcare, life sciences and nancial services appear highly promis- ing, and local rms are seeking to ll as many as 3,000 big data-related jobs in the region over the next 12 months. • Mass invests in open cloud project, big data BY GCN STAFF