HP Labs partnered with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana to comprehensively evaluate the feasibility of running high performance applications in the cloud. The research set out to answer many questions, including wondering how HPC applications fare in the cloud versus supercomputers which applications were best suited for cloud deployment, and what the cost benefits were for certain organizations in maintaining their high performance needs in a cloud. Read more...
The first HPC in the cloud tutorial ever in Argentina took place on July 24th and July 25th at Mendoza during the HPCLatAm HPC School. Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti shared his insights on this historic tutorial.
A study done by Deepfield found that Google accounts for approximately 25 percent of all internet traffic in the United States. That makes it more far-reaching than Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix combined.
A team comprised primarily of researchers from the Technical University of Munich published a paper this month on a system that will offer cloud functionality to a bioinformatics toolset that covers high performance applications.
This week’s handpicked assortment of HPC cloud research initiatives include a special spotlight on MapReduce, where more HPC research on data intensive applications is seemingly published every week. Further, we take a look at how EC2 systems perform against benchmarks, the always important issue of security, and implementing GPUs in the cloud.
A recently published Cisco study found that virtualization, one of the key components of cloud computing implementation, is not well understood in the enterprise community.
With the Rackspace’s announcement this month that they were getting involved with some of CERN’s cloud computing and the news of IBM acquiring SoftLayer last month, Amazon’s HPC instances may be facing some competition in the not so distant future. To battle that impending competition, Amazon reportedly dropped their price to rent their dedicated servers, machines that operate solely for one institution.
A public cloud setup and a hybrid cloud one are incompatible for comparison, according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates. However, when Amazon announces a cost reduction that could seemingly cut into Rackspace’s business, and has incidentally has ended up dropping the Rackspace stock by 8.5 percent, there exists a necessity to shed light on those differences.
One D.C.-area company called IQ Business Group (IQBG) has already reaped the benefits of the cloud emphasis, having secured a $53 million contract with the Department of the Interior (DOI) over eight years. IQBG has been tapped to provide the DOI with a workable SaaS platform upon which the federal agency can relocate its emails and files.
Amazon will be working with the CIA to host some of their computing and data on secure servers. A few months ago, HPC in the Cloud reported on Amazon’s 10-year, $600 million with the CIA to provide cloud services. However, the deal was held up by a protest lodged by IBM, who lost out on the contract.
Ensuring the security of one’s information in the cloud has proven to be problematic. Researchers at MIT sought to combat that security risk in proposing the building of Ascend, a hardware component that can be coupled with cloud servers and prevents two types of security risks on public information.
Indiana University won $910,000 from the United States Department of Defense for the study of the problems surrounding software-defined networking, including the security of such networking systems.
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NFS has been the standard protocol for NAS systems since the 1980s. However, with the explosive growth of Linux clusters running demanding technical computing applications, NFS is no longer sufficient for these big data workloads. After years of development effort, driven by Panasas and others, pNFS is now just around the corner and promises to dramatically improve Linux client I/O performance thanks to its parallel architecture. Watch the on-demand webinar – “pNFS: Are We There Yet?”
Independent HPC consultant for cluster, grid, and cloud computing, and for data and compute-intensive applications, and General Chair of the ISC Cloud Conference.
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Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti
Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti is Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), and a Cloud Computing Researcher at the Distributed Systems Architecture Research Group. He is directly involved in EU funded projects, such as EGEE (Grid Computing) and 4CaaSt (PaaS Cloud), as well as many Spanish national initiatives. More > >
An HPC industry consultant and cloud evangelist, Steve Campbell is a seasoned senior HPC executive. More > >
Former Director of Information Technology for Pfizer's R&D division, current CIO for BRMaches & Associates. More > >
Principle Investigator and Director for the National Nuclear Security Administration and DOE sponsored Center for Disaster Recovery. More > >