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High performance computing (HPC) underlies virtually all major advances in today's scientific and engineering disciplines. Life and physical sciences use HPC-driven simulation to accelerate data reduction and reduce physical experimentation. Industrial engineering organizations in transportation and process manufacturing employ HPC to produce more reliable designs in less time and with better accuracy than with traditional workstation-based computation. And the arenas of policy and defense employ HPC to validate (and crack) encryption systems, decode signals, and perform geospatial intelligence analysis. New applications for HPC appear monthly, making the demand for compute cycles more intense.

Although the cost of computing declines over time, following Moore's law, the cost of re-deploying infrastructurea labor-intensive processsteadily rises. New computing technologies, such as graphic processing unit (GPU) arrays and adaptive FPGAs systems, can require a fork-lift overhaul of the surrounding HPC support components: schedulers, networks and management tools.

HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) aims to elevate HPC from an ad-hoc departmental utility to a first-class enterprise IT offering. Separating the interconnect and administrative framework from underlying computational services lets HPCaaS deliver compute cycles holistically, giving users the advantage of a consistent application interface and the ability to treat MFLOPS as as generic resource. In addition to streamlining HPC for existing consumers, HPCaaS lets an enterprise give HPC services to internal organizations that might not otherwise have access to massive computing.

With HPCaaS:

  • End users reap huge benefits compared to the limits of traditional computation workstations.
  • As with other cloud based services end users gain business agility that makes them more competitive.
  • HPCaaS simplifies delivery of standardized services, such as Remote Graphics, while still accommodating mission-specific technologies, such as adaptive reconfigurable computing.

Get the full story, watch "Clouds of Speed", now on demand, and learn about the speeds and feeds of modern HPC and what you need to create or consume HPCaaS offerings. You'll also hear about the experiences of actual HPCaaS implementation and the most common issues overlooked when creating an HPC cloud service.   After this seminar you will be well equipped to build or lease your own HPCaaS infrastructure!

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