Yahoo Inc. and Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) on Monday announced plans to jointly support cloud computing research using the world's fourth fastest supercomputer, the San Jose Business Journal reports. Under the agreement, CRL—a subsidiary of India-based Tata Sons Ltd.—will grant researchers access to one of the world's top five supercomputers "that has substantially more processors than any supercomputer currently available for cloud computing research," the companies said. Though financial terms were not release, company officials called the effort the first of its kind in terms of the supercomputer’s size and scale, but also because it marks the first move to afford academic institutions in India access to a supercomputer. CRL's supercomputer, the EKA, is the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world, with 14,400 processors, 28 terabytes of memory, 140 terabytes of disks, a peak performance of 180 trillion calculations per second (180 teraflops) and sustained computation capacity of 120 teraflops for the LINPACK benchmark. Of the top ten supercomputers worldwide, EKA is the only one funded by the private sector and is available for use on commercial terms. According to the Journal, “EKA is expected to run the latest version of Yahoo-supported, open-source distributed computing software such as the Pig parallel programming language developed by Yahoo Research” (San Jose Business Journal, 3/24/08).