December 05, 2005
HP unveiled utility computing services that enable multiple customers to access HP's dedicated, publicly available computing resources at variable prices.
By using HP Flexible Computing Services, companies can quickly acquire additional IT resources as needed. The cost-per-unit pricing is ideal for customers with compute-intensive jobs that can outstrip the capacity found even in very well-equipped IT environments.
To help customers get started in utility computing in a low-risk, low-cost way, HP is offering a membership approach with its HP Flexible Computing Club. Members of the club receive special guidance and a "try-before-you-buy" experience to determine how utility computing can best fit their business needs.
In November 1999, HP introduced pay-per-use and instant capacity for enterprise customers. As part of HP Flexible Computing Services, the company is offering another first with a complete application utility for computer-aided engineering analysis.
The new services are designed for industries such as oil and gas, financial services and health sciences, as well as independent software vendors that need to test software on large-scale infrastructures prior to release. They build, in part, on work that HP Labs performed with DreamWorks Animation last year in the production of the films Shrek 2 and Madagascar.
Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) is working with HP to help provide its customers the extra compute cycles and improved performance needed to run large numbers of reservoir simulations. HP Flexible Computing Services will help SIS deliver faster turnaround times to customers, allowing them to ultimately speed up the cycle from exploration to production. A recent success with a United Kingdom-based operator has demonstrated the power of flexible computing to run multiple concurrent simulation models for making important field development decisions in short timeframes.
HP Flexible Computing Services provide compute power based on a full range of technology platforms, from 32- and 64-bit systems, including Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant systems and Intel Itanium processor-based HP Integrity servers. They are offered with all major operating systems and select vertical industry applications. The HP Flexible Computing Services portfolio includes:
"HP was the first in the industry to offer managed, metered and instant capacity on demand services for our customers who wanted to acquire additional IT infrastructure resources when and where they needed them, and pay for them based on usage," said Steve Smith, senior vice president of HP Services. "With today's introduction of HP Flexible Computing Services, we take our utility pricing solutions one step further to offer our customers the ability to plug into HP's computing resources as needed, making aligning IT resources with fluctuating demand even simpler than before."
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
The private industry least likely to adopt public cloud services for data storage are financial institutions. Holding the most sensitive and heavily-regulated of data types, personal financial information, banks and similar institutions are mostly moving towards private cloud services – and doing so at great cost.
In this week's hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a uniﬁed programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 10, 2013 |
Australian visual effects company, Animal Logic, is considering a move to the public cloud.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
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04/02/2012 | AMD | Developers today are just beginning to explore the potential of heterogeneous computing, but the potential for this new paradigm is huge. This brief article reviews how the technology might impact a range of application development areas, including client experiences and cloud-based data management. As platforms like OpenCL continue to evolve, the benefits of heterogeneous computing will become even more accessible. Use this quick article to jump-start your own thinking on heterogeneous computing.