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Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

“Researchers can run one cluster for 10,000 hours or 10,000 clusters for one hour anytime, from anywhere, and both cost the same in the cloud. And with the availability of Public Data Sets in Amazon S3, petabyte scale data is instantly accessible in the cloud. Attend and learn how to build HPC clusters on the fly, leverage Amazon’s Spot market pricing to minimize the cost of HPC jobs, and scale HPC jobs on a small budget, using all the same tools you use today, and a few new ones too.”

Podcast: How Cycle Computing is Riding the Wave of HPC in the Cloud

In this podcast, Jason Stowe from Cycle Computing provides an update on the world of HPC in the Cloud. After that, he describes how the company is augmenting its software capabilities so that more users can take advantage of HPC for their toughest computing challenges. “Our CycleCloud V6 further optimizes what is already unique about its predecessor, bringing unmatched scalability, provisioning, and data management in a secure process. We are extremely pleased to bring V6 to market.”

BIOS IT Collaborates with vScaler for HPC in the Cloud

Today BIOS IT announced plans for their exhibit at SC16 in Salt Lake City. BIOS IT is will be showcasing the latest HPC solutions and services, including their converged cloud platform in partnership with vScaler Ltd. “vScaler gives our clients the ability to deploy and manage HPC environments with on demand parallel file system creation within their own datacenters and when demand dictates, off-premise as well,” Ian Mellett, General Manager at BIOS IT comments.

GPUs Power New AWS P2 Instances for Science & Engineering in the Cloud

Today Amazon Web Services announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering. With up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs, P2 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud.

Video: User Managed Virtual Clusters in Comet

Rick Wagner from SDSC presented this talk at the the 4th Annual MVAPICH User Group. “At SDSC, we have created a novel framework and infrastructure by providing virtual HPC clusters to projects using the NSF sponsored Comet supercomputer. Managing virtual clusters on Comet is similar to managing a bare-metal cluster in terms of processes and tools that are employed. This is beneficial because such processes and tools are familiar to cluster administrators.”

Bright Cluster Manager 7.3 Enhances Container Support

Today Bright Computing released Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. With enhanced support for containers, the new release has enhanced integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), improvements to the interface with the Ceph distributed object store and file system, and a variety of other updates that make deployment and configuration easier and more intuitive.

Video: Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Jeff Layton from Amazon presented this talk at the AWS Public Sector Summit. “Learn how to build HPC clusters on the fly, leverage Amazon’s Spot market pricing to minimize the cost of HPC jobs, and scale HPC jobs on a small budget, using all the same tools you use today, and a few new ones too.”

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Austin, Sept. 6-8

IDC has published the preliminary agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

Spectra BlackPearl Offers Direct Archive to AWS

Private cloud storage enabled by BlackPearl provides the best option for balancing performance and cost; however, some customer workflows benefit greatly from incorporating a public cloud storage infrastructure,” said Matt Starr, Spectra Logic’s CTO. “Public cloud works best when a disaster recovery copy is needed; when wide data distribution is called for; to create geographic dispersion of data; and when other cloud-based features can be leveraged, such as automatic transcoding. The new Spectra hybrid storage ecosystem means that Spectra customers don’t have to choose between public and private cloud; BlackPearl brings them together seamlessly.”

Alces Flight from AWS Lets You Build a “Self-service Supercomputer in Minutes”

“In the past, researchers often had to wait in line for the computing power for scientific discovery. With Alces Flight, you can take your compute projects from 0 to 60 in a few minutes. Researchers and scientists can quickly spin up multiple nodes with pre-installed compilers, libraries, and hundreds of scientific computing applications. Flight comes with a catalog of more than 750 built-in scientific computing applications, libraries and versions, covering nearly everything from engineering, chemistry and genomics, to statistics and remote sensing.”