Cloud, as an abstraction, represents a flexible, ubiquitous and consistent platform accessible from anywhere at any time. Last week, the International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Clouds provided the perfect meeting point for both industry and academia to explore the truth of this statement and further discuss how organizations can benefit from the myriad of available cloud models.
A recent DOE workshop that focused on exascale challenges and current gaps in research and ideology provided food for thought for those seeking a “disruptive” approach to this next level of computing. We highlight a handful of the presentations, delivered by some of the most noteworthy researchers and practitioners in the field.
Online, at conferences and in theory, manycore processors and the use of accelerators such as GPUs and FPGAs are being viewed as the next big revolution in high performance computing. If they can live up to the potential, these accelerators could someday transform how computational science is performed, providing much more computing power and energy efficiency.