Today Massive Solutions, a European developer of HPC system software, announced a beta version of their computational service platform, codenamed Virtual Supercomputer (VSC). The service provides secure Internet access to high-performance parallel cluster resources and applications on demand. Starting December 1st, 2014, registered beta-testers will receive 500 core-hours to run their jobs and evaluate VSC service functionality for free.
We would like to provide HPC resources and expertise to a broader business and academic community to accelerate their research and product development. We believe that the Virtual Supercomputer is more than just a technological platform – it is a tool to democratize HPC industry. And this is how the concept of eManufacturing will become a reality.”, says Dmytro Fedyukov, the CEO of Massive Solutions. “We welcome users, datacenters, universities, application developers, and experts to evaluate beta service and join partner alliance to make VSC a success.”
Developed by a team of HPC experts, the technology utilizes InfiniBand standard and KVM virtualization technology to provide high performance, scalability, data security and usage flexibility, to meet the needs of commercial and academic users.
The Virtual Supercomputer service platform normally takes minutes to deploy a specific user configuration. This is achieved by a distributed system architecture, where the central core logic servers receive feedback and govern remote VSC appliances. Once deployed to a supercomputer site, the VCS appliance provides spare resource availability reports, 24/7 automation and isolation of dynamically allocated hardware, system data and user data. The VSC platform offers full administrative rights to various scale-parallel clusters. With ‘root privileges’ users are not only able to manage their VSC clusters over the Internet, upload software and datasets, but to save optimal configurations for later use, significantly minimizing redeployment time.
The access to fully configured software instances is provided through the portal’s application marketplace. Currently limited to several public domain HPC titles, the VSC marketplace is expected to include commercial applications from vendors interested in developing cloud business.
The open partnership concept allows Massive Solutions to provide a technological platform to HPC sites, software developers and service companies as a tool to offer 3rd-party compute time, applications and services through the Internet.
The VSC beta-test program would help stress-test service platform functionality and optimize portal interface to prepare for the 2015 release of its commercial version.
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