NSF Forges Further Beyond FLOPs

May 22, 2013

In a recent solicitation, the NSF laid out needs for furthering its scientific and engineering infrastructure with new tools to go beyond top performance, Having already delivered systems like Stampede and Blue Waters, they're turning an eye to solving data-intensive challenges. We spoke with the agency's Irene Qualters and Barry Schneider about.. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Migrating Scientific Experiments to the Cloud

March 4, 2011

Despite the high interest about cloud computing from the scientific community it is still a wide open field. Dr. Oliveira and colleagues describe how choosing the best cloud support is a step forward, but also address the persistent need for services focused on the scientific workflow execution to bridge the gap between the cloud and real science in practice. Read more…

By Daniel de Oliveira, Fernanda Araújo Baião and Marta Mattoso

Open Science Data Cloud Receives Further Support

February 17, 2011

The Open Science Data Cloud project from the University of Illinois has received additional resources from the NSF to further their goals to create a unique cloud resource for scientific collaboration and research. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Remote Interactive 3D Visualization and the Key to HPC Cloud Acceptance

January 31, 2011

Earl Dodd argues that for the HPC cloud to gain practical acceptance as a viable decision-support tool in a wide variety of businesses and industries, it must include Remote Interactive 3D Visualization as a fundamental component of its architecture. Without this vital functionality, the HPC cloud runs the risk of being considered a technological novelty with limited commercial success. However, there are some persistent non-technical barriers that are preventing the full emergence of a broad new user group in the high-performance computing in the cloud space. Read more…

By Earl Dodd

Lessons from the Grid: An Interview with Argonne’s Kate Keahey

January 25, 2011

In this interview with Kate Keahey from Argonne National Lab, we discuss her background with distributed computing, limitations of the grid, challenges and benefits of cloud computing for HPC and her view on critical elements that the community as a whole—vendor, users, and scientists alike—will need to address as the space matures. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Microsoft’s Dan Reed on New Paradigms for Scientific Discovery

October 29, 2010

Microsoft's Dan Reed recently explained the theoretical basis for the company's latest push to open the clouds for scientific users who require high-performance computing but who are often bound by cost constraints and the need to shed the systems maintenance overhead. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

The Belle at Amazon’s EC2 Ball

October 6, 2010

While Amazon’s cloud offering is not a fit for all scientific HPC applications, even if the datasets were smaller in size, Belle II is one example that demonstrates the decision to avoid upfront hardware investments in favor of a no-investment option that can scale as research demands ebb and flow. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

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