Interview: Josh Simons on HPC Cloud Trends at SC12

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In this video from SC12, Josh Simons from the VMware CTO office describes recent trends in Cloud Computing for HPC. The company is looking at how virtualization technologies could benefit supercomputing on the road to Exascale.

My message to attendees was that today’s cloud is not tomorrow’s cloud: As virtualized performance continues to advance and as cloud providers see a business value in deploying high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnects, the number of applications that will run well in a cloud environment will continue to expand. In the meantime, many single-process applications run very well in virtualized environments, MPI overheads may be acceptable for some applications, and virtualization can offer new capabilities not available in traditional, bare-metal HPC environments.