Rutgers-led Experts Assemble Global HPC Cloud

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In a winning submission to the IEEE SCALE 2011 Challenge, Rutgers faculty recently teamed with experts from IBM and the University of Texas at Austin to create a massive virtual supercomputer cloud. Once configured, this virtual supercomputer was then used to solve a real-world problem: how to extract as much oil as possible from an oil field.

We demonstrated how to build ‘federated clouds,’” said Parashar, “An effort that involved mixing and matching multiple computing resources, integrating them into a virtual ‘cloud’ that operated as a single large computer, and disbanding resources when they were no longer needed. Our goal is to make these federated, high-performance computing clouds more useful to industry.”

The computing competition took place in May at the International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing sponsored by IEEE and ACM. The team’s computing needs were provided by IBM “Blue Gene” supercomputers in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but when more power was needed, the team tapped IBM supercomputers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Read the Full Story.