As more users warm to the idea of using cloud-based resources, new ways of distributing spare compute cycles are emerging, including via the use of marketplaces like that offered by SpotCloud. Such services allow those with excess capacity to sell their downtime while providing users with cheap access to resources they need.
The idea that HPC in the cloud should be simple and fulfill the true promise of instant, on-demand resources without effort is faulty, according to Joe Landman, who argues that customer expectations are not meeting with HPC cloud realities.
An EU-funded open source cloud project has taken aim at the lack of interoperability and fears of vendor-lock in associated with commercia cloud providers.
A software architecture developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that seeks out distributed data and computing resources has been selected as a top project for support by the Apache Software Foundation.