Over atIDG, Bernard Golden writes that the tone of cloud computing discussions have turned from sexy to the practical and chief among these topics is the nature of IT organizations down the road.
It’s remarkable how the tone at Cloud Connect in Silicon Valley has changed over the years. The conference has turned from cheerleading to nuts and bolts. This means it’s less fun, but it’s also more grounded in the day-to-day realities of implementing change instead of envisioning utopia. Many presentations focus on real-world use cases and concrete action steps, with a strong focus on hybrid cloud computing.
Big data science emerges as a new paradigm for scientific discovery that reflects the increasing value of observational, experimental and computer-generated data in virtually all domains, from physics to the humanities and social sciences. Addressing this new paradigm, the EUDAT project is a European data initiative that brings together a unique consortium of 25 partners — including research communities, national data and high performance computing (HPC) centers, technology providers, and funding agencies — from 13 countries. EUDAT aims to build a sustainable cross-disciplinary and cross-national data infrastructure that provides a set of shared services for accessing and preserving research data. The design and deployment of these services is being coordinated by multi-disciplinary task forces comprising representatives from research communities and data centers.”
Depending on the application of the user’s system, it may be necessary to modify the default configuration of the network adapters and the system/chipset configuration. This slide deck describes common tuning parameters, settings & procedures that can improve performance of the network adapter. Different Server & NIC vendors may have different recommendations for the values to be set – but the general tuning approach should be similar. For the hands-on demo we will utilize Mellanox ConnectX adapters – thus we will implement the recommended settings issued by Mellanox.
In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang provides an update on GPU computing for the Cloud.
The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.
You can participate in this experiment as an industrial End-User in need of instant additional computing power accessible remotely, or as a compute Resource Provider, or as a Software Provider, or as an HPC Expert.
You can use Cloud Servers for various purposes, including hosting websites and applications. A Cloud Server is an isolated server environment with an operating system and root access, that you can configure according to your needs. You can create, resize, or delete a Cloud Server at any time, making it a very flexible solution.”
The OFA User Workshop, April 18-19, provides opportunities to share experiences and learn from a community of OFS users.
The International Developer’s Workshop, April 21-24, will focus on the development and improvement of OFS as well as major developments in RDMA, etc. Agenda and more information is available on OpenFabrics.org.
Registration for the two events is now open. More details are available in this month’s OFA Newsletter, which features an interview with Susan Coulter, HPC Network Administrator at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In this video from the Mobile World Congress 2013, Dell shows off their Project Ophelia HDMI Stick for Cloud Computing. Available some time in the next few months, the sub-$100 Android PC on a stick is being positioned as an access device towards Dell’s enterprise and personal cloud software and services.