Over at HPC Magazine, Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier from the UberCloud HPC Experiment write that high performance computing in the cloud is now becoming a reality. For many, getting there entails reviewing (and demystifying) the issues traditionally associated with Cloud HPC, including performance, cost, software licensing, and security.
Standard cloud services can address a certain portion of HPC needs, notably those that don’t require a lot of parallel processing such as parameter studies with varying input and low I/O requirements traffic. However, many HPC applications cannot be shoehorned into standard cloud solutions and consequently require hardware designs that can efficiently run certain HPC workloads from various science and engineering application areas.
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