HPC Cluster Architecture in the Cloud

January 24th, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Brock Taylor
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Just watched the training video on insideHPC about the ease of setting up an HPC cluster on Amazon EC2.  The video shows how to get a cluster of servers with Intel "Nehalem" processors up and running in the cloud.

Seamless Transitions...

I'd add that the Intel Cluster Ready architecture applies in the cloud as well.  In fact, using cloud images based on Intel Cluster Ready architecture allows more seamless transitions between clusters running in the cloud to physical clusters running locally.  As the video points out, cloud provides an entry point into using HPC or even a try-before-buy approach to HPC clusters.  Cloud bursting benefits as well, since the application that runs on the architecture locally would see the same architecture in the cloud.

The common architecture enables the applications to better understand and execute on top of the computing environment without being tied to the exact details of the solution.  In other words, you can get better mileage with a common architecture in both the cloud and local clusters.

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Author Info
Brock Taylor


Brock Taylor is an Engineering Manager and Cluster Solutions Architect for volume High Performance Compute clusters in the Software and Services Group at Intel. He has been a part of the Intel® Cluster Ready program from the start, is a co-author of the specification, and launched the first reference implementations of Intel Cluster Ready certified solutions.

Brock and others at Intel are working within the HPC community to enable advances and innovations in scientific computing by lowering the barriers to clustered solutions.

Brock joined Intel in December of 2000, and in addition to HPC clustering, he previously helped launch new processors and chipsets as part of an enterprise validation BIOS team. Brock has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in High Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin.