This article is the third in an editorial series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting HPC virtualization and secure private cloud technologies. Virtualization has been proven to be a viable architectural approach that addresses the many challenges mentioned in last week’s article. This week and next we look at the benefits of creating a virtualized infrastructure.
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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the new Cray CS-Storm supercomputer based on Nvidia GPUs. After that, the discussion turns to exascale investment recommendations coming out of a new report from a Department of Energy Task Force.
Achieving good performance on any system requires balancing many competing factors. More than just minimizing communication (or floating point or memory motion), for high end systems the goal is to achieve the lowest cost solution. And while cost is typically considered in terms of time to solution, other metrics, including total energy consumed, are likely to be important in the future. Making effective use of the next generations of extreme scale systems requires rethinking the algorithms, the programming models, and the development process. This talk will discuss these challenges and argue that performance modeling, combined with a more dynamic and adaptive style of programming, will be necessary for extreme scale systems.
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Zennet initiative, a “public, distributed, and decentralized Supercomputer.” As the brainchild of Israeli computer scientist Ohad Asor, Zennet is essentially a free-market alternative to AWS that sounds a lot like the marriage of BitCoin and SETI@Home.
Over the past several years, virtualization has made major inroads into enterprise IT infrastructures. And now it is moving into the realm of high performance computing (HPC), especially for such compute intensive applications as electronic design automation (EDA), life sciences, financial services and digital media entertainment. This article is the first in a series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting proven virtualization and cloud technologies.