“As the cloud market has matured, we have begun to see the introduction of HPC cloud providers and even the large public cloud providers such as Microsoft are introducing genuine HPC technology to the cloud. This change opens up the possibility for new users that wish to either augment their current computing capabilities or take the initial plunge and try HPC technology without investing huge sums of money on an internal HPC infrastructure.”
The Dell HPC Community at SC16 has posted their Meeting Agenda. “Blair Bethwaite from Monash University will present OpenStack for HPC at Monash. After that, Josh Simons from VMWare will describe the latest technologies in HPC virtualization.” The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City.
The combination of virtualization and cloud computing provides value to both the end users and IT providers in HPC and enterprise environments. And, once created, these private clouds can be burst to a hybrid cloud to create seamless and secure extensions of the organization’s on-premise infrastructure. Performance is the key. Read this informative guide to learn more.
Who are the world’s most important vendors of supercomputers, at least as measured by the number of systems they have in the Top500? HP is the leader with a 31 per cent share; Cray is number two with just under 14 per cent. So far, so unsurprising. But what has been little remarked upon is that in third place – with 49 systems, or 9.8 per cent of the Top500 list – is the Chinese vendor, Sugon. And both Sugon and Inspur, the other main Chinese vendor, have their sights set on expanding still further, with trade missions to Europe and setting up partnerships and subsidiaries in both Europe and the USA.
“We have enabled virtualization for HPC but it’s important to bring the benefits of virtualization to end researchers in a way they can use it, right? So what we have done is we have created the solution plus VMware High-Performance Analytics, which allows researchers to author their own workloads, they can collaborate it, they can clone it, then they can share it with other researchers. And they can modify their workload – they can fine tune it.”
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Over at the VMware CTO Office, Josh Simons writes that HPC efforts are stepping at the company with new staffing and some exciting InfiniBand performance improvements that could help make virtualization a widespread technology for high performance computing.
Both large-scale environments and scale-out workloads (such as Big Data) are becoming more important in the enterprise. In fact, with the rise of Big Data, the advent of affordable, powerful clusters, and strategies that take advantage of commodity systems for scale-out applications, these days the enterprise computing environment is looking a lot like HPC.
The software defined data center is the underlying data center architecture that allows most IT infrastructure to be defined in software and to function as enterprise-wide resources. This approach enables ITaaS to be delivered in a virtualized environment with greater agility, speed and quality of service.
Virtualization allows workloads to be compartmentalized in their own VM in order to take full advantage of the underlying parallelism of today’s multicore, heterogeneous HPC systems without compromising security. This approach is particularly beneficial for organizations centralizing multiple groups on to a shared cluster or for teams with security issues – for example, a life sciences environment where access to genomic data needs to be restricted to specific researchers.