January 24th, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Brock Taylor
Tags: Amazon EC2, cloud, cloud bursting, high-performance computing in the cloud, HPC, HPC Architecture, insideHPC, Intel Cluster Ready, Intel Xeon processors, Nehalem
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.
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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