The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)  is holding the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop III  on April 7-8 at its Gaithersburg, Md., campus. At this morning's keynote, the theme was “A Global View of Cloud Computing” and it featured a discussion between U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Alan Marcus, the Senior Director, Head of IT and Telecommunications Industries, World Economic Forum USA.
Kundra has called upon NIST to help accelerate the federal government’s adoption of secure cloud computing practices by leading efforts to develop standards and guidelines in collaboration with standards bodies, the private sector, other government agencies and other stakeholders.
Working groups that were formed during the NIST Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop II  in November 2010 will provide progress reports on a range of cloud computing issues throughout the meeting.
NIST scientists are demonstrating Koala, a simulator of a cloud service model. They are using modeling and analysis methods developed to study complex systems to understand the behavior of a cloud during both normal and highly stressed operations. A panel on Friday, April 8, “Cloud Innovation: Math and Science,” will explore innovative uses of the cloud and how it can be leveraged in the scientific process.
Learn more about NIST’s cloud computing initiative .