In this entry Bruce Maches takes a high-level look at SaaS and how it can be leveraged by these organizations to help them meet their research objectives in a more cost effective and timely manner.
Although interoperability remains a hot topic in debates about cloud providers and end user needs, there is little hope on the horizon for true standards to emerge anytime in the near future. We discussed this issue with John Considine, CTO and founder of CloudSwitch.
Analysts are looking at ways to provide a big picture view for HPC users in the cloud to help them evaluate ROI, however, given the diversity of applications and needs, specific recommendations are hard to come by.
In this interview with Kate Keahey from Argonne National Lab, we discuss her background with distributed computing, limitations of the grid, challenges and benefits of cloud computing for HPC and her view on critical elements that the community as a whole—vendor, users, and scientists alike—will need to address as the space matures.
Cisco’s CTO of Cloud Computing, Lew Tucker, came clean on the company’s cloud strategy this week in a video interview. In addition to revealing a rough path for the coming months, Tucker also revealed his insights about the “many clouds” theory, the role of the network in cloud computing, and innovations that could change datacenter design.
Cloud computing has opened doors to accessing high-end resources that many organizations were once barred from due to cost. With the convergence of mobile applications that provide interfaces to sophisticated resources, we are on the verge of yet another shift in high-performance computing in the next few years.
This week we talked to Dale Southard of NVIDIA about the challenges and benefits of providing access to GPU resources in a cloud enviornment. We touch upon issues related to performance, CUDA, future directions, and Dale’s own experiences in HPC and how they carried over to his work with GPU clouds.
According to NVIDIA, the company is seeking to branch out with CUDA, extending it to power mobile devices of all sizes in order to allow for a richer assortment of multimedia-heavy applications.
As mobile applications and devices continue to grow in terms of sheer numbers and complexity, traditional software vendors like Microsoft will be well-served by staying ahead of the game. Enterprise applications built for mobility are increasing in number and use–a trend that will be changing the face of IT in coming years.