OpenStack + AWS, HPC(aaS) and GPUs: A Pragmatic Guide

By Lionel Gibbons | June 01, 2017

Remember the feeling you had when you first learned to drive a car? Everything was new to you. Sure, you knew what a steering wheel was, and what each pedal was for, but you had to learn how much steering input you could safely use at different speeds. Discovering just how much clutch and throttle was needed to get rolling without stalling doesn’t come easily to most people. And I’ll bet figuring out how hard (and how soon) to press the brake pedal as you came up behind another car at a stoplight created a few anxious moments for you and your instructor. But what does this have to do with managing clusters? In many ways, learning how to drive a cluster is much like learning to drive a car. At first, it can seem overwhelming, but once you master the individual skills, you can use them together to create a genuinely exciting experience.

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Bright streamlines the creation of clusters in Amazon Web Services

By Piotr Wachowicz | October 11, 2016

We’ve been writing about many of the great features of Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager software, but I have to say that revamping our Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration is high on my list of improvements. It’s now far easier to deploy the AWS cluster extension and Cluster on Demand capabilities of Bright Cluster Manager. We’ve even added the ability to create multiple clusters on demand in parallel.

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My 2-Minute Drill at the Rice Oil and Gas HPC Workshop: Spark’ing Possibilities for Energy Exploration and Other Industries

By Ian Lumb | April 01, 2015

Spark'ing Scope Creep

I had the fortunate opportunity to present in the disruptive-technology track at the 2015 Rice Oil and Gas HPC Workshop during the first week of March. What I presented during my two-minute drill in this session ended up being much more disruptive than I anticipated.

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The Arguments Every OpenStack User Must Make

By David Strom | February 21, 2015

For some time now, critics have suggested that OpenStack may offer lower total cost of ownership, but fails to deliver on agility and uptime compared to other cloud solutions.

 A recent story on ReadWrite quoted industry insiders who suggested OpenStack is merely a way to “fool” senior management into believing that a company has moved to cloud computing. TechRepublic, meanwhile, stated that OpenStack remains too complex to offer real opportunities for innovation.

We asked Sam Charrington, a cloud computing analyst and founder of St. Louis-based CloudPulse Strategies, how he would respond to these criticisms of OpenStack if he were making the business case.

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HPC Cloud could be the answer to cancer

By Lionel Gibbons | August 14, 2014

Eleven hours. Less than $5,000. According to a recent article from HPC Wire, that's what it took for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research to discover three potential cancer-fighting compounds to do further research on. Using cloud software and Amazon's cloud, the company was able to create and access a $44 million supercomputer and complete 39 drug design years worth of work for very little upfront cost.

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