Cloud Computing Business Benefits & Technical Details Behind Fortune 500 Manufacturing Simulation

I want to share an insideHPC slidecast interview about an Enterprise-speed Cloud run we did for HGST (a Western Digital company). But first, let’s take a quick look at the business benefits of Cloud cluster computing. Because this particular run was record-setting and included a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, we’ve received a lot of attention & press coverage about it (The Register, ZDNet, EnterpriseTech, HPCwire, etc.). A lot of the focus has been paid to how Cycle Computing was able to enable a 70,000+ core run so quickly. But behind the scenes, it’s maybe even more important to understand what the business benefits are that are driving Cloud cluster computing adoption. The Business Challenge The business challenge for HGST was common to other manufacturing companies: How do we accelerate common business functions, to help reduce design cycle times? Solution & Benefit: For HGST, speed & agility for its research and development efforts are of paramount importance. When Cycle Computing found out about the run on a Wednesday, it was able to accomplish all of the set-up, and complete the entire Cloud computing run by the weekend. This particular workload traditionally has taken about one month to complete in the past running on internal clusters. By leveraging Cloud computing, the workload ran from start to finish in about eight hours. And the total cost of this run was only $5,500. Manufacturing workload: Design Optimization of >1 Million designs Project Agility: From project idea, to completion – about four days Time Savings: From 1 Month to 8 hours Value: Only cost $5,500 Technical Details: There are a lot of exciting things...
HPC on Cloud: Results from the Record-breaking 156,000 Core MegaRun, and Insights to On-demand Clusters for Manufacturing Production Workloads

HPC on Cloud: Results from the Record-breaking 156,000 Core MegaRun, and Insights to On-demand Clusters for Manufacturing Production Workloads

In case you missed this great session at the AWS re:Invent 2014 conference, Cycle CEO Jason Stowe hosted HGST (a Western Digital company), and University of Southern California (USC) to talk about HPC on the Cloud. See below for full session video, and abstract description. BDT311 – HPC on AWS: Results from the Record-breaking 156,000 Core MegaRun, and Insights to On-demand Clusters for Manufacturing Production Workloads Not only did the 156,000+ core run (nicknamed the MegaRun) on Amazon EC2 break industry records for size, scale, and power, but it also delivered real-world results. University of Southern California (USC) ran the high-performance computing job in the Cloud to evaluate over 220,000 compounds and build a better organic solar cell. In this session, USC’s Patrick Saris provides an update on the six promising compounds he found that he is now synthesizing in laboratories for his clean energy project. Saris discusses the implementation of and lessons learned in running a cluster in eight AWS regions worldwide, with highlights from Cycle Computing’s project Jupiter, a low-overhead cloud scheduler and workload manager. This session also looks at how the MegaRun was financially achievable using the Amazon EC2 Spot Instance market, including an in-depth discussion on leveraging Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to reduce costs and maximize value, while maintaining the needed flexibility, and agility that AWS is known for. After a year of production workloads on AWS, HGST (a Western Digital company), has zeroed in on understanding how to create on-demand clusters to maximize value on AWS. HGST’s David Hinz outlines the company’s successes in addressing the company’s changes in operations, culture, and behavior to this new vision of on-demand clusters. In addition, the session will provide insights...
Cycle Computing Featured in AWS Webinar Dec. 12: Accelerate Manufacturing Design Innovation with Cloud-Based HPC

Cycle Computing Featured in AWS Webinar Dec. 12: Accelerate Manufacturing Design Innovation with Cloud-Based HPC

We have a very exciting webinar coming up this Thursday, Dec. 12, where we have a great user speaker, and real customer use cases that will overview Cloud Computing & Utility HPC and how to accelerate Manufacturing Design. In the one-hour webinar, we’ll review how Cloud computing and Utility HPC is being used today as a competitive advantage with CAD/CAM and electronic design automation (EDA), with the ability to spin up clusters running common industry applications. Real-world manufacturing use cases will be discussed, and we’re honored to have Cycle Computing customer from HGST, a Western Digital Company, overview his experience using HPC in the Cloud. We’ll also be showcasing details on our Record-breaking MegaRun – the 156,000+ core run we received so much publicity for back in November.  RSVP for the Webinar here: http://bit.ly/1bUojrd This webinar follows a busy November for Cycle Computing! Two of the biggest events of the year for Cloud computing and Utility HPC were held back to back: AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, and then SC13 in Denver. One of the highlights of these events was the first PetaFLOPS-scale cloud cluster, our record-setting MegaRun Cloud computing run – a Utility HPC milestone – and the World’s Largest and Fastest Cloud Computing Run. This run was highlighted in AWS CTO Dr. Werner Vogels’ Keynote Address. Below are some details: Real-world Science Cutting-edge Clean Energy Research thanks to Schrödinger Materials Science tools  (https://www.schrodinger.com/materials/) Simulated ~205,000 organic semiconductors to determine efficiency as solar materials MegaRun Stats 156,000+ cores Measured at 1.21 PetaFLOPS peak throughput (not RMax) 264 years of computing in 18 hours World wide cloud run: Across all...