Typical for this Cloud is the great flexibility and efficiency thanks to 'zero-time application porting', since no time is lost with installing applications on the Cloud. Such user-tailored infrastructure contributes to better and broader research. This is important for the development of the Dutch knowledge economy.
The HPC Cloud Day took place from 10.00 to 17.00 in the Turing Room, at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The programme of the day consisted of presentations related to bioinformatics, earth sciences and linguistics and finance. Keynote speakers included Ignacio Llorente of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and David Konerding of Google.
With the HPC Cloud scientists get access to a flexible computing cluster that can be optimally configured for each application. Through the innovative use of virtualization technologies, SARA has developed a HPC Cloud that allows to dynamically adapt the architecture and environment to an application. On the HPC Cloud, for example, different operating systems can co-exist and be used simultaneously, even on the same processor unit.
The HPC Cloud is an important step in the expansion and diversification of the BiG Grid infrastructure, in addition to the current central and local grid facilities, which are used by the experiments at CERN, the LOFAR telescope and experiments in life sciences.
Anwar Osseyran, director of SARA, stated: "We are very pleased that we can better support our users with the HPC Cloud infrastructure which we have developed within the framework of BiG Grid. This infrastructure is extremely user friendly and our HPC Cloud support team ensures that users can fully focus on their research."
Jaap van den Herik, CEO BiG Grid, stated: "With the HPC Cloud BiG Grid builds further on an excellent national e-infrastructure for science."