“The cloud is ready for high-performance computing (HPC). Enthusiasm is large, but progress is slow,” Karsten Gaier from the software vendor Nice told the ISC Cloud conference in Heidelberg at the end of September. Why should this be so since, as Thomas Goepel from HP pointed out, the cloud ought to be attractive to small and medium sized enterprises that cannot afford their own supercomputing clusters?
“The EGI federated cloud, which has been in development for the past 3 years has now entered production. Building on the tried and trusted EGI core services we have added federated IaS compute and storage services, utilising open standards to support more than 10 pilot communities. We will discuss the model of federation, and the different application design models that the users use and why cloud will be a success when compared with grid due to this inherent flexibility.”
“Slagter remarked that a cloud environment meant at least three actors had both practical and legal responsibility in keeping data private and secure: the cloud provider itself was responsible for the physical security of the building where the servers were located as well as the security protocols used; the ISV had responsibility for the security of the application that was being run; and the customer had to have a set of security policies and procedures governing who had access to the portal into the cloud and who was licensed, within the customer’s own company, to use the application software and access the data.”
“The independent software vendors, which make the programs that scientists and engineers would like to use in the cloud, are not sure how they can license their software for such an environment. As Felix Wolfheimer of CST remarked, in a moment of candor: “There is a lot of fear in the sales department about opening up the licensing model’ so that software licenses will be flexible enough for use in the cloud.”
“Expanding access, new data intensive workloads – researchers, engineers, designers would like to have efficient technical computing facilities with maximum flexibility. But not any cloud would do – providing key technology on the performance, system and solution side is the foundation of democratized access to simulation. In this presentation we will show how technology drives flexible compute models for HPC, and also have some considerations and examples of what we are doing with the ecosystem like cloud service providers and software vendors today and tomorrow – with a special view on the manufacturing segment – to enable the best of both worlds: HPC/Cloud to match your access, workload and budget to the best option.”
“While today business Clouds are easy to access and use, R&D Clouds have not yet reached this level, with their sophisticated applications and architectures. It’s a similar difference with business applications versus HPC applications; it takes a few hours to start using a CRM application on Salesforce.com’s platform, while it still might take weeks for an engineer to get an application like ANSYS Fluent or Simulia’s Abaqus up and running in the Cloud.”