Tag: technical computing
Organizations today routinely perform multi-step analyses on large volumes of diverse datasets to derive actionable information to make critical decisions. These operations must be carried out in ever-shorter time spans to be of value. As a result, organizations need new high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to ensure analyses workflows run efficiently and cost-effectively. And it’s not your father’s HPC. Increasingly, what’s needed is a more commercially-oriented HPC solution, one that requires an enterprise-grade infrastructure.
Today Fujitsu announced its technical cloud computing service, aimed primarily at the needs of the manufacturing sector. The offering encompasses a number of modes of operation, from virtual machine-based environments for running analytical simulations to physical hardware.
Software engineering is still something that gets too little attention from the technical computing community, much to the detriment of the scientists and engineers writing the applications. Greg Wilson has been on a mission to remedy that, mainly through his efforts at Software Carpentry, where he is the project lead. HPCwire asked Wilson about the progress he’s seen over the last several years and what remains to be done.
One year ago, SGI announced its SGI Cyclone for large-scale, on-demand cloud computing services specifically dedicated to technical applications. This first anniversary seemed like the perfect time to get an update from someone who is deeply involved with Cyclone, Christian Tanasescu. As Vice President Software Engineering at SGI. Christian, among others, leads SGI’s activities around Cyclone. He gives a status update on the technical clouds and talks about future directions for SGI.
TC Labs, a portal at MSDN DevLabs, provides developers with early access to Microsoft Technical Computing software.
Univa announced today it would be acquiring the Sun/Oracle Grid Engine engineering expertise from Oracle Corp. In doing so, the company will take over stewardship of the popular open source workload manager, which, in the space of two years, has passed through three companies: Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and now Univa. Its new owners plan to support existing deployments of Grid Engine as well as develop a commercial version with added capabilities.
Last year Cornell University and Purdue University received funding from the National Science Foundation to undertake their MATLAB on the TeraGrid project. Since its inception a number of researchers have been making use of the resource and Cornell’s Center for Advanced Computing is demonstrating that the resource might have a permanent place in the TeraGrid resource provider collection in the future.
Vince Mendillo, Senior Director of Microsoft’s Technical Group responds to the question of whether or not it is too early for HPC in the cloud–in other words, if the barriers to adoption for high-performance computing users, especially in terms of performance, are too high–and where they’re looking to from here.
The missing middle in HPC has been estimated by some to be in the many millions, but reaching this vast segment has been nearly impossible in any cohesive way. The cloud is granting access to the elite space, slowly but surely, and bringing the world more in line with the capabilities and competitive advantages provided by HPC.
Vince Mendillo outlines Microsoft’s strategy that underpins its technical computing initiative, including the three crucial steps to success and their project end results. Discussion of Azure in this context and commentary about what this means for HPC for all.