The Impact Of Cloud On High Performance Computing


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It's no secret that cloud computing has significantly changed the way we think about IT. With the increased dependence on digital technology in our everyday lives, more and more businesses are embracing cloud-based solutions to stay competitive in their respective industries. One areas this cloud revolution has recently improved is the field of high performance computing (HPC). Let's look at how the cloud is transforming HPC and driving innovation across an array of sectors.

Cloud computing been able to make an impact on HPC by enabling the power of scalability. Traditional HPC systems were built on expensive, customized hardware that required significant investment in infrastructure and maintenance. These systems, although powerful, often possessed limitations in terms of capacity and flexibility. Conversely, the cloud brings about an accessible and affordable way of utilizing high-performance computing power with the ability to scale up or down as required. 


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Did you know that the first cloud-enabled supercomputer was actually developed way back in 2009? This behemoth, named Nebula, was created by NASA to handle the vast amounts of data generated by the space research community. Since then, the world of cloud-based HPC has made steady progress, catering to diverse sectors including astrophysics, weather forecasting, genomics, drug discovery, and a host of other complex applications.

When we speak with customers at even large enterprise, we hear stories of them struggling to find a cost-effective solution for high-performance computing. Often they initiate a request, only to be met by lengthy wait times and inefficiencies due to limited availability and accessibility to HPC facilities. Thanks to the cloud, the availability of HPC resources has significantly increased, democratizing access to scientific research and enabling innovation in a myriad of areas. Scientists and engineers worldwide can now collaborate on projects that were once unattainable due to distance and resource limitations. This ease of accessibility, coupled with the pay-as-you-go pricing model, offers unparalleled flexibility to researchers and organizations alike.

All in all, the convergence of cloud computing and high-performance computing has unlocked limitless possibilities in fields that require complex simulations. 

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Thomas Francis

Posted by: Thomas Francis

Thomas has broad industry experience in enterprise software, cloud and IT operations. His most recent role was as Director of Software and Cloud Strategy at Dell. While at Dell he launched multiple cloud businesses including Dell Cloud Business Applications and Dell Cloud Marketplace. Previously, Thomas has held leadership roles in various technology companies including SanDisk and Landmark Graphics, a maker of 3D seismic interpretation software. Thomas has a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from UT Arlington and an MBA from UC Berkeley and is based in Silicon Valley.

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