Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are promising to provide free virtual supercomputing and cloud resources to support the US government’s Climate Action Plan and Climate Data Initiative program. The initiatives, which were unveiled earlier today, coincide with a report from the Council of Economic Advisers that explores the economic consequences of delaying action to stem climate Read more…
In order to develop a new drug the average pharmaceutical company spends about one billion dollars over ten years. This is an untenable situation for those with serious illnesses who don’t have the luxury of time. That’s why high-performance computing, which has been shown to dramatically accelerate the pace of discovery, is so critical to the Read more…
For 17 years NICE has been delivering grid- and cloud-based solutions aimed at enhancing user productivity and optimizing computing resources. The company’s NICE Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) product provides remote access 2D/3D interactive applications over a standard network. Now through a partnership with Amazon Web Services, potential users can test drive DCV in the EC2 cloud. AWS Read more…
A study done by Deepfield found that Google accounts for approximately 25 percent of all internet traffic in the United States. That makes it more far-reaching than Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix combined.
With the Rackspace’s announcement this month that they were getting involved with some of CERN’s cloud computing and the news of IBM acquiring SoftLayer last month, Amazon’s HPC instances may be facing some competition in the not so distant future. To battle that impending competition, Amazon reportedly dropped their price to rent their dedicated servers, machines that operate solely for one institution.
Amazon will be working with the CIA to host some of their computing and data on secure servers. A few months ago, HPC in the Cloud reported on Amazon’s 10-year, $600 million with the CIA to provide cloud services. However, the deal was held up by a protest lodged by IBM, who lost out on the contract.
When considering moving excess or experimental HPC applications to a cloud environment, there will always be obstacles. Were that not the case, the cost effectiveness of cloud-based HPC would rule the high performance landscape. Jonathan Stewart Ward and Adam Barker of the University of St. Andrews produced an intriguing report on the state of cloud computing, paying a significant amount of attention to the problems facing cloud computing.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/Network_optimization_225x.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”64″ />The top HPC cloud research story this week addresses the question: What if it were possible to cheaply and easily test the suitability of moving to a cloud platform – a virtual “try it before you buy it”? In other items, researchers explore the reliability of HPC cloud, take another pass at GPU virtualization, and evaluate I/O performance in Amazon’s EC2 cloud.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/future_insight_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”100″ height=”58″ />The top research stories of the week include novel methods of data race detection; a comparison of predictive laws; a review of FPGA’s promise; GPU virtualization using PCI Direct pass-through; and an analysis of the Amazon Web Services High-IO platform.