4 Oct 2011 Amsterdam - SARA and BiG Grid organized a festive launch of the new HPC Cloud infrastructure on October 4, 2011. The event was attended by approximately 150 people. At the SARA/BIG Grid HPC-Cloud day, Anwar Osseyran proposed sector CLouds as a solution for many of the problems that plague Cloud computing today, such as lack of security and legal issues. In, for instance, an HPC Educational sector Cloud, institutes can share their capacity with trusted organisations, thus reducing overcapacity which also benefits the environment.
Google's David Konerding explained how Google's Exacycle programme helps Folding@Home, for a short time. Folding@home is a volunteer desktop Grid that uses otherwise unused computing cycles from citizens' PCs. Volunteers run a special programme, thus helping science. The programme was ported to the Google application Cloud, and in no time was on top of the contributors' lists. Exascale offers access to Google resources for scientists for a limited time, but it shows that also otherwise idle Cloud resources can be used to help science.
Floris Sluiter explained the long history - long in Cloud computing terms - of the HPC Cloud at SARA that started as a pilot project in 2009. The latest Cloud cluster that was inaugurated in late September 2011 consists of 608 cores in 19 nodes and 4,75 Tbyte of memory. Each node consists of a 32 core Intel Westmere_EX CPU.
The new HPC Cloud will be used for all kinds of applications, including DNA assembly, web services, Monte Carlo simulations, astronomy, etc. The Cloud cluster will be called Calligo, after a Greek Goddess.