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High Performance Computing Centre in Stuttgart to focus on Cloudification


29 Sep 2014 Heidelberg - At ISC Cloud'14 in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Prof. Dr. Michael Resch, Director of the High Performance Computing Center, HLRS, in Stuttgart, who shared some of his experiences with Cloud and Supercomputing at HLRS.

Michael Resch started out by explaining that the Cloud is not the continuation of the Grid: the Cloud is something completely different. The Grid is focused on moving out of HPC and reaching out whereas the Cloud is more coming from the community that has a much better understanding of how you handle hundreds of thousands of users of providing services that are packaged and encapsulated.

The last 20 years, we have moved HPC to small and medium sized enterprises and also to larger industries, Michael Resch stated. This has worked out as long as the prize for hardware was relatively high. Software was getting more and more important. One hour of a CPU core is 2 eurocent which is cheap. In 1995, one CPU core was 50 euro. This is a reduction with a factor of 2500.

The software cost is still high. People are no longer interested in a high performance system, they are more interested in a solution, Michael Resch went on. The Cloud technologies have developed solutions in a completely different environment of very big number of small jobs. These small jobs are irrelevant enough to not require too much security nor reliability. Therefore, we have pretty stable solutions in the Cloud.

Rather than try and convince a huge market to adapt our solution, we have a huge market and we can adapt their solutions to our requirements. That is a much easier task because the bulk of work and financial effort is coming from a huge community for which this is extremely important. That's why at HLRS we figured that by Cloudification we can probably extend the reach of our supply, support and services to small and medium sized enterprises because their problem is that everything should be packaged, explained Michael Resch.

Still, they need some knowledge, so HLRS has to do a lot of educational training. The strategy is twofold: on the one hand to adapt and adopt Cloud technologies and on the other hand to do training for people who are in desparate need of solutions, although they are very skilled in providing solutions to their own customers. We have to leverage this solution space of Cloud with our training and education activities and with the hardware that we can provide. As such, we have to able to create solutions for small and medium sized enterprises.

I still think that they will need some support because an HPC system is a special system, Michael Resch believes. You will never be able to completely hide all the complexity but we will make a huge step forward by Cloudification.

What we typically have in our systems is a usage that is in the range of 85 percent. Going higher than 85 percent for a supercomputing system is extremely difficult because you have medium sized and large jobs and you always have small pockets of cores that are not used in the system, 64 here and 128 there, for example.

When we did the movie for the small company, Mark13, in Stuttgart, we were able to fill all these gaps, Michael Resch told. For three or four months, when we did all the pictures for the movie, our usage was going up to 98 or 99 percent, which I would have said two or three years ago, is absolutely impossible because you cannot operate the system. However, we did not increase the waiting time for our research users who did not even realize that we filled all the gaps with small jobs.

In June/July last year, they were complaining so we tailored the queuing system slightly to reduce waiting time and they did not even notice that there was this huge set of small jobs, Michael Resch concluded.

More information is available at http://www.hlrs.de .

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Primeur weekly 2014-10-20

Special

High Performance Computing Centre in Stuttgart to focus on Cloudification ...

Cash flow calculations using Monte Carlo simulations ...

The Cloud

IBM and SAP partner to accelerate enterprise Cloud adoption ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch survey on EU-Brazil co-operation in the area of ICT - Work Programme 2016-2017 ...

Big Data Value Association and European Commision sign Big Data Public Private Partnership ...

New forecasting method: Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains ...

Symposium on HPC and Data-Intensive Applications in Earth Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities@ICTP ...

Jülich renews co-operation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member ...

PRACE supports HPC for Health ...

HP and VMware dramatically simplify and accelerate the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services with EVO: RAIL ...

Supermicro highlights VMware EVO: RAIL, FatTwin Virtual SAN Ready nodes and NVIDIA GRID vGPU SuperServer at VMworld Barcelona ...

Calling on universities to submit their HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition application ...

PRACE SHAPE and NSilico pool HPC knowledge to develop faster sequencing methods ...

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies ...

Future computers could be built from magnetic 'tornadoes' ...

USFlash

New SGI UV for SAP HANA enables real-time business for large enterprises ...

Cray adds new advanced analytics solution to its Big Data product portfolio ...

Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing ...

IBM announces first commercial application of IBM Watson in Africa ...

Among DOE supercomputing facilities, NERSC is at the forefront of data management and storage innovations ...

SC14 announces ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael HPC Fellowships ...

Fujitsu partners with Singapore to set up Centre of Excellence for sustainable urbanisation ...

UC Santa Cruz leads $11 million Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics ...

Australian volcanic mystery explained ...

Supermicro enhances VMware EVO: RAIL and Virtual SAN offerings with Nexenta ...

Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries ...