The primary objective of VSC is to provide owners of HPC infrastructure the means to either improve access to this valuable resource internally or to time share with partners and customers. This will revolutionise how businesses and individuals can access supercomputing power with a ready-made, fully functional analogue of a physical supercomputer - one that is comprehensively equipped with software and requires no specific knowledge of software installation or setup procedures. This in turn will provide the owners of supercomputer facilities and independent software vendors with a wider market for their products and services.
The fault tolerant, highly scalable and concurrent nature of the Erlang programming language, coupled with ESL's global reach and team of supercomputing experts, made ESL the natural choice to support the construction and marketing of VSC.
VSC is based on using Massive Solutions' highly innovative products Clustrx and Xpandrx, which are operating systems for HPC, Cloud computing, and data centres. Unlike other HPC stacks, Clustrx and Xpandrx are not just a set of utilities, but rather a tightly integrated solution that binds together a set of scalable services to achieve unprecedented scalability and reliability. They apply the same approach as data centre management and the aim is for them to become unbeatable platforms for private and public Clouds.
Clustrx is currently being used on clusters in Moscow University, including the world's 13th most powerful supercomputer in the current Top500, Lomonosov, where some noticeable results have been achieved, such as a stable real-time collection and processing of huge amount of monitoring data.
Marcus Taylor, Commercial Director at Erlang Solutions, stated: "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Massive Solutions. Our collaboration on the Virtual Supercomputer Project will, we believe, change the computing market for the better. Essentially, we're bringing super computing resources to companies who have never been able to even contemplate investing in such advanced technologies, due to the huge cost implications involved. It's a very exciting time for both our companies and we look forward to a successful long-term relationship together."
Viktor Sovietov, founder of Massive Solutions, stated: "At Massive Solutions we have a proven track record for significantly enhancing the performance of computers at all levels. We won the bid to renovate and transform the Lomonosov supercomputer at Moscow University into a petaflop system and have seen extraordinary results. We're looking forward to replicating the same service and results to a wider market of organisations across the world with Erlang Solutions' support."