Note that this program was known as AWS in Education Research Grants prior to 2016.

 


Stanford University’s Archaeology Center is an interdisciplinary research center from where students and faculty conduct archaeology and heritage research on a global scale. The Çatalhöyük lab at the Archaeology Center uses Amazon EC2 to run ArcGIS Server data for spatial analysis of information collected at a Neolithic archaeological site in south-central Turkey. By using AWS, researchers have faster access to information, data version conflicts are minimized, and at least 20 hours per week of staff time that used to be spent on manually updating information has been redirected to more significant projects.

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Penn State’s Biological Engineering Department wanted to make its research results widely available to scientists. Penn State uses AWS to host and distribute its research design methods, optimization algorithms, and results with 6,000 scientists all over the world. By using AWS, Penn State has allowed researchers to design more than 50,000 synthetic DNA sequences.

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The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is part of a large international team currently developing the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) — a Universe-mapping radio telescope of unprecedented size and sensitivity. By using AWS to manage crowd-sourced CPU cycles, ICRAR has the compute capacity to analyze between 400 and 500 galaxies simultaneously.

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The Black Dog Institute (BDI) is a nonprofit Australian research body dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various mood disorders. The institute partnered with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, to conduct the We Feel study, which uses AWS to analyze tweets from around the world and measure how emotions are impacted by environmental factors. By using AWS, BDI can analyze more than 27 million tweets per day in real time and scale its resources to handle up to 28,000 website visitors per day.

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