Jeff Layton on the Cloud's Changing Role in HPC

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Over at Admin HPC, Dell’s Jeff Layton writes that a pair of recent use cases have helped changed his mind about the validity of using the Cloud for HPC.

At first, it was fairly easy to dismiss cloud computing for traditional HPC workloads. The “HP,” after all, stands for “high performance,” and doing anything to reduce performance is counterproductive. You are paying more and getting less. However, new workloads are being added to HPC all of the time that might be very different from the classic MPI applications in HPC and have different characteristics. The amount of computation in these new workloads is increasing at an alarming rate – so much so, that I think HPC is giving way to RC (research computing).

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