Life sciences, finance, government and numerous other organizations are relying on their HPC clusters for their daily operations. But how can you powerfully scale this type of environment? Learn how cloud services offer you dynamic control over both workloads and resources.
“Instead of mass workstation upgrades, Remote Visualization allows incremental provisioning, on-demand allocation, better management and efficient distribution of interactive sessions and licenses. Racked workstations or blades typically have lower maintenance, cooling, replacement costs, and they can extend workstation (or laptop) life as “thin clients”.
In late 2010 and throughout 2011, however, we noticed a shift in the HPC market as new workloads such as digital media, various financial services applications, new life sciences applications, on-demand cloud computing services and analytics workloads made their way onto HPC servers. We are now seeing another new trend developing in the HPC space with the introduction of ultra-dense servers.
Make sure you use Cloud services that are designed for HPC applications including high-bandwidth, low-latency networking, exclusive node use, and high performance compute/storage capabilities for your application set. Develop a very flexible and quick Cloud provisioning scheme that mirrors your local systems as much as possible, and is integrated with the existing workload manager. An ideal solution is where your existing cluster can be seamlessly extended into the Cloud and managed/monitored in the same way as local clusters. Read more from the insideHPC Guide to Managing HPC Clusters.
“The University of Sao Paulo’s USP Cloud delivers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to faculties, departments, special projects and research groups using Cloud Platform orchestration. This session will describe how the USP Cloud will help University HPC, including additional NVIDIA GPU to delivery high processing capability.”
The pressures on storage are intense, so it makes sense to have access to and integration with the most sophisticated and capable storage systems in order to optimize cloud experiences in terms of functional and financial advantages. This paper reviews the increasingly popular OpenStack cloud platform and the abilities that IBM storage solutions provide to enable and enhance OpenStack deployments.