Drivers and Barriers to Using HPC in the Cloud

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Cloud computing is transforming the utilization and efficiency of IT infrastructures across all sectors. Enterprises regardless of size can access highly scalable hardware and software resources for the overwhelming majority of IT use cases. In the most part, enterprises and consumers can leverage near real-time on-demand deployment and processing to gain a competitive advantage through reduced capital expenditure, faster response times and in some cases, new business models. Historically, cloud computing has not been used for high performance computing (HPC) to the same degree as other use cases for a number of reasons.

This executive briefing is a preliminary report of a larger study on demand-side barriers and drivers of cloud computing adoption for HPC. A more comprehensive report and analysis will be published later in 2016. From June to August 2016, the CloudLightning project surveyed over 170 HPC discrete end users worldwide in the academic, commercial and government sectors on their HPC use, perceived drivers and barriers to using cloud computing, and uses of cloud computing for HPC.

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