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MIT’s StarCluster: HPC Clouds Made Simple

Gavin Burris has posted a quick tutorial on how to fire up StarCluster from MIT, a toolkit for launching clusters of virtual compute nodes within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). StarCluster provides a simple way to utilize the cloud for research, scientific, high-performance and high-throughput computing.

StarCluster defaults to using Ubuntu Linux (deb) images for its base, but I have prepared a Scientific Linux (rpm) image. Most of the research computing clusters I administrate are composed of Red Hat Enterprise, CentOS, or Scientific Linux, so I was eager to have a compatible cloud option built off of my currently favorite Linux flavor.

You can get started trying out StarCluster with the AWS Free Usage Tier. Read the Full Story.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC3lJcPq1FY

This video demonstrates how to install, configure, and launch your own HPC cluster on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud using StarCluster 0.91.

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