HPC in the cloud? Not so much
Supercomputing types not caught by the fluff
Here’s a great blog (“Elite HPC and the Cloud Culture Clash”) discussing how much – well, actually, how little – the current hype behind cloud computing is swaying folks at large supercomputing sites.
In the article, Nicole Hemsoth correctly identifies cloud computing as more of a business model than radical new technology. She also hits on the fact that the major concern of HPC is the “P”, meaning performance – something that the cloud model doesn’t offer at this point… not when compared with owning your own gear.
Aside from performance, I do think that at least some potential HPC cloud users will be concerned about protecting their data, algorithms, and results. As I read the article, I found my head nodding in agreement throughout. And to think that we’d find such an evenhanded discussion of HPC clouds in a publication entitled HPC In The Cloud… kudos to them for publishing it.
(This is the first time I’ve used the word ‘kudos’, and I don’t like it. Makes me feel like I’m ghostwriting Larry King’s old USA Today column. Don’t let me do it again.) ®
More of a cultural thing really
To counter this report I'll like to James Hamilton's blog:
HPC has a history of people saying 'never' and then jumping ship faster than ever imagined.
Worries about algorithms and data always have been bumf. Also, it's possible that HPC in the could may open the field of HPC to _more_ people, established players are not the only possible beneficiaries.