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Primeur weekly 2011-12-19

Special

SARA supercomputers today 600.000 times faster than its first 100 Mflop/s Cyber 205 supercomputer in 1983 ...

SC'11 bigger than ever ...

The Cloud

Atos leads the OPTIMIS project for the optimisation of services in Cloud ...

ISGC 2012 registration opens now ...

ConteXtream launches software-defined network virtualization solution for Cloud and hosting providers ...

BGI-BOX terminal server debut operation in China Agricultural University ...

Amazon Web Services launches Brazil data centres for its Cloud computing platform ...

Office 365 becomes first and only major Cloud productivity service to comply with leading EU and U.S. standards for data protection and security ...

EuroFlash

Counting the cost of research computing infrastructures ...

Bull taps Nimsoft to expand its Vision Services ...

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status ...

New supercomputer for Bielefeld's high-energy physicists ...

Slovak Academy of Science selects IBM Power Systems and Storage for National Supercomputing Project ...

Multi-purpose photonic chip paves the way to programmable quantum processors ...

USFlash

Cray XMT supercomputer arrives at the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing ...

SDSC welcomes 'Gordon' supercomputer as a research powerhouse ...

Triton resource helps track how kinesin molecules move ...

Astronomical amount of data travels across Western Canada to support space research ...

Jacket v2.0 for faster code in MATLAB ...

GPU-accelerated engineering simulation application to enable highest quality products for aerospace and other mission critical fields ...

BGI tackles DNA data deluge using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs ...

Chinese Ministry of Education to integrate CUDA programming curriculum in universities nationwide ...

NVIDIA opens up CUDA Platform by releasing compiler source code ...

High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer ...

Rogue Wave announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture based products ...

Rogue Wave announces Stingray Studio 11.0 release ...

TotalView selected for China's National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen ...

New application makes supercomputing simple ...

HP enables organisations worldwide to expand data centre resources with HP POD ...

Oracle delivers record performance result for a two processor Intel-based system with TPC-C benchmark ...

Early black holes grew big eating cold, fast food ...

Counting the cost of research computing infrastructures

12 Dec 2011 Athens - A major survey to understand the cost of European academic computing services has been launched. It is run by the e-FISCAL project, which is funded by the European Commission to estimate the cost of 'e-Infrastructure' computing services like High Throughput and High Performance computing. These costs must be understood so that e-Infrastructures can show their value to the European research community and the benefits they bring over competing technologies.

"The e-FISCAL project is contributing to a more accurate understanding of the costs of computing services", stated Dr. Per Öster, chair of the European Grid Infrastructure Council. "With this information we can make more accurate plans for the growth, development and sustainability of these infrastructures."

The past decade has seen significant investments in High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Throughput or Grid Computing (HTC) by the European Commission and member states. These form a major part of the 'e-Infrastructure', which supports European research in science, technology and the humanities. However, their costs are not easy to understand, as they are funded by a mixture of European, National,

regional and subject-based funding.

The emergence of new commercial technologies like Cloud computing, which can tackle similar problems to HTC, makes it important for Europe to clearly understand the costs of the e-Infrastructures it has built. The survey by e-FISCAL is an important step in this process, providing cost estimates and comparing them to the closest commercial leased and on-demand services, such as those offered by Amazon.

There are many methods for studying service costs, such as Total Cost of Ownership, but none are entirely appropriate for e-FISCAL's study. Instead, e-FISCAL brought together several models to find a method that was detailed enough to give good results, but simple enough to make collecting the data easy for participants. The method provides an estimated Annual Cost of Ownership of e-Infrastructure for 2010 and 2011.

This survey builds on a survey conducted by a previous European Commission funded project, e-IRGSP2, as part of research into legal and governance issues around e-Infrastructures.

The survey can be found at http://www.efiscal.eu/survey either on-line or as an editable pdf document.
Source: e-FISCAL

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-12-19

Special

SARA supercomputers today 600.000 times faster than its first 100 Mflop/s Cyber 205 supercomputer in 1983 ...

SC'11 bigger than ever ...

The Cloud

Atos leads the OPTIMIS project for the optimisation of services in Cloud ...

ISGC 2012 registration opens now ...

ConteXtream launches software-defined network virtualization solution for Cloud and hosting providers ...

BGI-BOX terminal server debut operation in China Agricultural University ...

Amazon Web Services launches Brazil data centres for its Cloud computing platform ...

Office 365 becomes first and only major Cloud productivity service to comply with leading EU and U.S. standards for data protection and security ...

EuroFlash

Counting the cost of research computing infrastructures ...

Bull taps Nimsoft to expand its Vision Services ...

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status ...

New supercomputer for Bielefeld's high-energy physicists ...

Slovak Academy of Science selects IBM Power Systems and Storage for National Supercomputing Project ...

Multi-purpose photonic chip paves the way to programmable quantum processors ...

USFlash

Cray XMT supercomputer arrives at the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing ...

SDSC welcomes 'Gordon' supercomputer as a research powerhouse ...

Triton resource helps track how kinesin molecules move ...

Astronomical amount of data travels across Western Canada to support space research ...

Jacket v2.0 for faster code in MATLAB ...

GPU-accelerated engineering simulation application to enable highest quality products for aerospace and other mission critical fields ...

BGI tackles DNA data deluge using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs ...

Chinese Ministry of Education to integrate CUDA programming curriculum in universities nationwide ...

NVIDIA opens up CUDA Platform by releasing compiler source code ...

High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer ...

Rogue Wave announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture based products ...

Rogue Wave announces Stingray Studio 11.0 release ...

TotalView selected for China's National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen ...

New application makes supercomputing simple ...

HP enables organisations worldwide to expand data centre resources with HP POD ...

Oracle delivers record performance result for a two processor Intel-based system with TPC-C benchmark ...

Early black holes grew big eating cold, fast food ...