Three of Europe’s most prominent research centers, CERN, the European Space Agency, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have teamed up to launch a massive cloud computing project. Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud was created to support the fast-growing IT demands of European researchers. Supply-side partners, including IaaS provider CloudSigma, are working to design a cloud computing environment that meets the specific requirements of the HPC community.
In what is increasingly seen as a global competition for supercomputing capability, the European Commission this week put forth a plan to double its investment in high performance computing and deploy exascale machines before the end of the decade. The plan would increase Europe’s public HPC spend from €630 million to €1.2 billion and pump a greater share of the money into development, training, and creating “new centres of excellence.”
Configuring a cluster on a public cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services potentially requires a lot of work. The various steps involve setting up the machines, dealing with the security keys, installing the applications, negotiating the administration, and more. Most HPC users would prefer to avoid this time-consuming process if possible. That’s where German startup Cloudnumbers comes in.
Citing privacy concerns, European countries move to strengthen domestic cloud markets.
This week at the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France the lofty ten-year goals of the GRDI2020 project received a roadmap to allow for the creation of global research infrastructures. Central to this effort is the role of federation in cloud computing–as well as broader recognition of the challenges presented by the era of data-intensive science.
A workshop is set to address current policy, data protection and technology challenges in the path of Europe’s digital agenda.
Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti highlights a number of notable cloud computing research efforts that received attention during the Second Workshop on Software Services: Cloud Computing and Applications based on Software Services held last week in Timisoara.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover NERSC’s acceptance of its first petascale supercomputer, the potential for magnets to revolutionize computing; NCSA’s private sector supercomputer; the official debut of Australia’s MASSIVE supercomputer; and PRACE’s biggest supercomputing allocation yet.
IDC report recommends strategic investments to create globally-competitive European HPC market.
Massachusetts high-performance computing center breaks ground; and GENCI orders a petascale supercomputer from Bull as part of the PRACE infrastructure. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.