Since 1986 - Covering the Fastest Computers in the World and the People Who Run Them

Language Flags
July 7, 2010

Amazon Sees the Future of Biology in the Cloud

Nicole Hemsoth

Amazon has been pushing its cloud services for scientific researchers in the last several months and has recently focused on the use of the cloud for biologists and genomics researchers among others. While there are still a great many questions about whether or not the public cloud is well-suited to many of these applications from a performance standpoint (not to mention security if the user is dealing with any sensitive information) there are some solid use cases demonstrating Amazon’s value to scientific users–assuming their applications are uniquely prime in the first place. What Amazon does understand is that data keeps growing and accordingly, cash-strapped strapped startups in this field are not going to have the capex required to buy their own clusters each time load demands. It has recently been promoting its value for these users with cost as the top priority, followed next by a rich host of use cases highlighting successful cloud research projects. One has to wonder if Amazon will offer a more HPC-oriented service with improved performance or if it will continue reeling in those who need the compute without the cost at the sake of performance, especially in an area where many applications do not require tightly coupled systems.

Full story at MotleyFool

SC14 Virtual Booth Tours

AMD SC14 video AMD Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Cray SC14 video Cray Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Datasite SC14 video DataSite and RedLine @ SC14
Click to Play Video
HP SC14 video HP Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
IBM DCS3860 and Elastic Storage @ SC14 video IBM DCS3860 and Elastic Storage @ SC14
Click to Play Video
IBM Flash Storage
@ SC14 video IBM Flash Storage @ SC14  
Click to Play Video
IBM Platform @ SC14 video IBM Platform @ SC14
Click to Play Video
IBM Power Big Data SC14 video IBM Power Big Data @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Intel SC14 video Intel Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Lenovo SC14 video Lenovo Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Mellanox SC14 video Mellanox Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Panasas SC14 video Panasas Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Quanta SC14 video Quanta Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Seagate SC14 video Seagate Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video
Supermicro SC14 video Supermicro Virtual Booth Tour @ SC14
Click to Play Video