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Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

Apr 16, 2014 |

Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The platform-as-a-service offering uses high performance cloud hardware to create Nimbix Application Environments (NAEs) for high throughput batch processing. Once the environments are created and deployed Read more…

Workflow as a Service Expanding Beyond HPC

Mar 17, 2014 |

At the height of the first wave of the commercial cloud computing boom, around 2008, two HPC industry figures, Brian Schott and Robert Graybill, put their heads together to see how clouds might support high performance computing workloads. Their efforts led them to develop a “clearinghouse” for cloud-based HPC platforms and applications, which in turn Read more…

Cracking the Silos of Custom Workflows

Feb 27, 2014 |

In high performance computing, the time-honored concept of creating tailored workflows to address complex requirements is nothing new. However, with the advent of new tools to analyze and process data—not to mention store, sort and manage it—traditional ways of thinking about HPC workflows are falling by the wayside in favor of new approaches that might Read more…

Amazon Lead Highlights HPC Cloud Progress

Feb 20, 2014 |

While the use of public cloud resources for high performance computing applications is laden with some significant performance and other problems for some users, there are several HPC applications that finding a suitable home on the Amazon cloud. From the initial launch of their HPC instance types a couple of years ago, which was followed Read more…

Scheduling HPC as a Service

Feb 19, 2014 |

HPC has always been the go-to field for solving large-scale scientific and engineering problems. However, running applications on HPC systems requires significant technical know-how of the underlying systems software to effectively run applications. To address the tedium of setting up HPC environments, HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) has recently been proposed to move HPC into Read more…

Could Microsoft’s CEO Refresh Renew HPC Focus?

Feb 4, 2014 |

It’s been some time since Microsoft folded its Technical Computing group into the more general Azure cloud division—and since that time, the company has been uncharacteristically silent about what the future of HPC will look like. With Windows Server almost invisible on the Top 500 (present only on two mid-list systems, one of which is Read more…

Researchers Implement HPC-First Cloud Approach

Jan 29, 2014 |

Researchers at North Carolina State University working in partnership with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) have successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a novel high-performance cloud computing platform by merging a cloud computing environment with a supercomputer. Project leads Patrick Dreher and Mladen Vouk discuss the evolution of the project on the ALCF website. Cloud computing Read more…

UberCloud Marketplace for HPC as a Service Goes Live

Jan 29, 2014 |

UberCloud is the online community and marketplace where engineers and scientists can discover, try and buy the computing power and expertise on demand they need for their computational and data-intensive tasks. With the limits of their desktop workstations often unable to provide enough computing power and memory, simulations taking too long, and the number of Read more…

Scaling the Super Cloud

Jan 15, 2014 |

“The number one problem we face as humanity is getting people to think outside of the boxes they bought,” says Cycle Computing CEO, Jason Stowe. His company has made big waves and proven that the combination of Amazon servers and their own innovations can open new infrastructure options for users with HPC applications. For instance, Read more…

Dell Conjures Startup Energy, Outlines Future Direction

Dec 12, 2013 |

“If you can get a group of really talented people together and unite them around a challenge and have them work together to the best of their abilities, then a company will achieve great things,” said Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk this morning during the Dell World 2013 kickoff while sitting next to Read more…