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Download the 2014 UberCloud Compendium of Case Studies

2014 Compendium

If you haven’t done yet we encourage you to download our 2014 UberCloud Compendium with case studies from industry end-users about their UberCloud experiments with real engineering applications in the cloud. The UberCloud Experiment started in July 2012, with a discussion about cloud adoption in technical computing and a long list of cloud computing challenges and potential solutions. We decided to explore these further, hands-on, and the idea of the UberCloud Experiment was born. Since then over 160 experiments have been conducted, joined by our community of 2500 companies and individuals, among them 50+ cloud resource providers and 80+ engineering software vendors. Following the 2013 Compendium of case studies, we are proud to present this 2014 Compendium of 17 selected case studies from computational fluid dynamics, material analysis, life sciences, and financial services. It documents the results of the teams, their findings, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.

Workstations – Servers – Clouds – Comparing apples to apples


A little decision support for the undecided:  A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of the cloud. However a better way to look for viable alternatives is to compare the two more powerful solutions and check which one is more reasonable for you: in-house HPC server (apples) versus remote HPC cloud (apples), and NOT versus your own workstation (orange) which already proved to be useless for your more complex, more challenging tasks. Servers against clouds! And HERE it is.

Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing


Google is putting its considerable weight behind Docker an open source technology which the UberCloud Marketplace technology is based on and that’s already one of the hottest new ideas in the world of cloud computing. You can think of it as a shipping container for things on the internet – a tool that lets online software makers neatly package their creations so they can rapidly move them from machine to machine to machine. On the modern internet – where software runs across hundreds or even thousands of machines – this is no small thing. Google sees Docker as something that can change the way we think about building software, making it easier for anyone to instantly tap massive amounts of computing power. In other words, Google sees Docker as something that can help everyone else do what it has been doing for years. Read the entire article in WIRED here.

Dow Seeks Chemistry Between Clusters And Cloud


Dow Chemical Company has to provide local compute and storage for running modeling and simulation applications at multiple facilities. But it wants to be able to run applications across those facilities in such a way that it can drive up cluster utilization, and it is also exploring how it might make use of public cloud capacity to supplement its on-site clusters. Dow is also looking into some challenges with cloud computing. The ISV applications that Dow is using in its research and development efforts can, in theory, run on the public cloud, but this software was tuned to run on bare metal, not on virtualized systems and networks. Moreover, software vendors are just now working out their licensing for public clouds. Another issue is that for some simulations that Dow runs, the output from the simulations is quite large. Read the entire article  on EnterpriseTech HERE.

Massive Solutions announces beta version of its Virtual Supercomputer (VSC)

December 01, 2014 – European HPC system software developer and UberCloud partner Massive Solutions, announces the beta version of their computational cloud service platform, codenamed Virtual Supercomputer (VSC). The service provides secure Internet access to HPC cluster resources and applications on demand. Registered beta-testers will receive 500 core-hours to evaluate VSC service platform functionality for free. VSC

InfiniBand standard and KVM virtualization technology provide high performance, scalability, data security and flexibility, to meet the needs of commercial and academic users. VSC will take minutes to deploy a specific user configuration and the VCS appliance provides 24/7 automation and isolation of allocated hardware, system data and user data. More information and the access to the beta program can be found HERE.

DEADLINE December 08: Dubrovnik in March: CAE in the Cloud

DubrovnikOrganized by The UberCloud, this engineering cloud session is part of the International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering, PARENG 2014, taking place in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24-27 March 2015. Engineering includes aeronautical, civil, mechanical, electrical, materials, bioengineering, geo-technical, structural and environmental fields. Please see announcement and call for papers HERE. Deadline for paper submission for this special engineering cloud session is December 8, 2014.

UberCloud participant Rajkumar Buyya has been elevated to IEEE’s highest honor

Raj BuyyaProfessor Rajkumar Buyya from the Department of Computing & Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, and head of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the IEEE Board, for his ground-breaking contributions to cloud computing. IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. In addition to his research, books, and articles, Prof. Buyya also founded Manjrasoft which is  focused on the creation of innovative software technologies for simplifying the development and deployment of applications on private or public Clouds.

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left


In a recent Manufacturing Business Technology article Tobin McGregor, a consultant with MSC Software Corporation, suggests how to create new manufacturing jobs in America which got lost over the last 20 years when hundreds of thousands of American manufacturing jobs have disappeared and moved to countries with cheap labor. American manufacturers can’t expect to compete on labor costs, but they can level the playing field with low-cost producers by moving to product design, development, and manufacturing processes. Moving to the left means completely integrating the product design and production processes utilizing well-established technologies such as computer aided design, modeling and simulation, and product life cycle management into a new collaboration framework. This new product development environment will take enough cost out of product development and enough waste out of manufacturing. It will also accelerate the pace of innovation so sharply that low-cost producers can’t catch up. Read the entire article HERE.

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