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IDG: Cloud Supercomputing (part 2): Where is it heading?

In this four-part series we consult a panel of 12 experts to determine the role of cloud supercomputing now and in the future. Part two looks at where this is likely to head short, medium and long-term.
“Short term, the lowered access barrier to High Performance Computing (HPC) means that more businesses are able to deploy that technology to solve problems. This, along with the rise of big data, is creating a demand for scientifically-trained engineers who can exploit the technology and data overlaps in new ways.

From a long-term perspective, supercomputers will unlock hidden patterns in the big data stored by enterprises and government.

The growth of the Internet of Things, real time systems and algorithmic trading and mobile computing exposes new opportunities as individuals become massive data nodes. Supercomputing will facilitate insightful real-time responses to what’s happening right now.”

“Now, more than ever, cloud has become accessible to everyone.  HPC, which enables supercomputing, has been growing rapidly across all industries.

HPC has been one of the last categories of workloads to move to the cloud, due to specialised requirements, including performance, power and connectivity. Thanks to cloud solutions that include bare metal servers, InfiniBand, and high speed, low latency networks, HPC workloads in the cloud are on the rise.”

There are still some HPC environments that are not yet suited for cloud due to extreme power requirements (which comes with its own specialized needs, like cooling) or extremely large-scale deployments. However, we’ve found that that HPC cloud solutions are a good fit for about 65-80% of our customers with HPC workloads, especially those with small to mid-size workloads. And that percentage is growing thanks to advancing bare metal GPU capabilities. As an industry, we’re getting there and we’re moving pretty quickly.”

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