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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Amazon S3 for Science Grids

A team of researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of British Columbia have written a very interesting paper, Amazon S3 for Science Grids: A Viable Solution? In this paper the authors review the features of Amazon S3 in depth, focusing on the core concepts, the security model, and data access protocols. […]

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Calling All Community Code Contributions

Do you have code samples that you’d like to share with other Amazon Web Services developers? We’ve opened up the Amazon Web Services Resource Center to allow direct submissions of your contributions. The process is simple…just click on the link below and follow the directions: Looking forward to lots of innovative ideas! — Mike

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RSS Web Feeds for Tags at just released a new tag-based RSS feed system. While not an Amazon Web Service as such ( and Amazon Web Services are technically different organizations), it’s a very compelling mashup opportunity–especially because the feeds pass an Amazon Associate ID as a parameter, which creates a unique revenue opportunity for developers. Often described as “Really […]

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/n Software Adds Amazon Support

The community around Amazon Web Services is really on a roll! One of the communities we hear from a lot is the ISV world. For example I met the CEO of /n software, Gent Hito, at ETech a couple of months ago. Gent’s company builds BizTalk adapters and SQL Server integration components. Gent was excited […]

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Amazon EC2 For Scientific Processing

Mike Cariaso was kind enough to set up the Meetup in Bethesda for my upcoming trip to Washington, DC. Mike has done some pretty cool work with with Amazon EC2, setting up the mpiBLAST tool to run on EC2. MPI, short for Message Passing Interface, is a standard for coordinating processing on supercomputer grids. MPIPCH2 […]

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See You in DC Next Week…

The user-generated schedule for my trip to Washington, DC is looking good, with a nice mix of presentations and developer meetings. Let’s hope that the temperature and the humidity are below 90 degrees and 90 percent, respectively. If you are not on my schedule, perhaps you can make it to one of my public events: […]

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Start Crunching – Create Mashups using MapCruncher and Render on S3

Microsoft Research developed an innovative tool called MapCruncher for Microsoft Virtual Earth that takes any map-based image (JPG or PDF format) and overlays that image onto Microsoft Virtual Earth to generate requisite tiles. These tiles can then be used to display the map in Virtual Earth / Google Maps fashion (zoom in/out, pan, move etc). […]

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