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High performance cloud computing

High performance cloud computing
Author:

Viktor Mauch, Marcel Kunze, and Marius Hillenbrand

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Future Generation Computer Systems, Volume 29, Issue 6, August 2013, Pages 1408–1416

Date: 12.03.2012

Abstract:

Today's high performance computing systems are typically managed and operated by individual organizations in private. Computing demand is fluctuating, however, resulting in periods where dedicated resources are either underutilized or overloaded. A cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach for high performance computing applications promises cost savings and more flexibility. In this model virtualized and elastic resources are utilized on-demand from large cloud computing service providers to construct virtual clusters exactly matching a customer’s specific requirements.

This paper gives an overview on the current state of high performance cloud computing technology and we describe the underlying virtualization techniques and management methods. Furthermore, we present a novel approach to use high speed cluster interconnects like InfiniBand in a high performance cloud computing environment.