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...
Video: Jason Stowe Outlines the New Enterprise Workload of Cloud HPC in  AWS re:Invent 2014 Interview

Video: Jason Stowe Outlines the New Enterprise Workload of Cloud HPC in AWS re:Invent 2014 Interview

Recorded Live from the re:Invent 2014 (read our re:Invent blog) show floor in Las Vegas, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe is interviewed by The Cube. In this in-depth conversation, Stowe covers everything from Cycle’s latest Enterprise-speed Cloud cluster it enabled for HGST (a Western Digital company) in November 2014 (read about the record-setting Enterprise Cloud HPC run here), to the company’s record-setting 156,000 core run conducted for researchers at University of Southern California (USC). But all of this isn’t done to set records and build bigger Cloud clusters, Stowe outlines – it’s all in the spirit of better arming researchers & engineers with the powerful tools they need to help them do their jobs better. “The idea that you can just borrow 10-20,000 cores and give [those cores]  back when you’re done is just crazy. This all leads to enabling researchers & engineers to ask the right question – at a scale [beyond] their own internal clusters, to allow them to get better answers, faster.” – Jason Stowe, Cycle Computing CEO Click below to watch and listen to the full...

Video: How Cloud HPC can deliver the computing needed to tackle the world’s hardest problems

What technology can advance rocket design, disease fighting drugs, better computer equipment, and even Climate Change at the same time? Well a simple answer is through advanced software simulations using CAD, CAM, pharmaceutical modeling, and computational fluid dynamics using High Performance Computing (HPC) of course. But digging deeper we can see that Cloud HPC, and the ability to tap into nearly limitless computing, or Utility HPC is perhaps the biggest game-changer we’re seeing. In this presentation at ChefConf 2014, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe outlines the biggest challenge facing us today, Climate Change, and suggests how Cloud HPC can help find a solution, including ideas around Climate Engineering, and Renewable Energy. As proof points, Jason uses three use cases from Cycle Computing customers, including from companies like HGST (a Western Digital Company), Aerospace Corporation, Novartis, and the University of Southern California. It’s clear that with these new tools that leverage both Cloud Computing, and HPC – the power of Cloud HPC enables researchers, and designers to ask the right questions, to help them find better answers, faster. This all delivers a more powerful future, and means to solving these really difficult problems....
Video: How Cycle Computing Enables Greater Access to AWS Cloud for HPC

Video: How Cycle Computing Enables Greater Access to AWS Cloud for HPC

There’s no better way to tell a story, than through spoken words and images. At least in my opinion. Albert Einstein also said: If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. I agree – and this new video has passed the test from my  7-year old son, and 5-year-old daughter. TWO THUMBS UP! We hope you enjoy the video. Video Title: Cycle Computing Enabling Access to AWS Cloud for HPC  Description:  For HPC problems small to large, learn how Cycle Computing’s software enables greater access to computing resources through the AWS Cloud. See how Scientists, Engineers, and Financial Experts use Cycle Computing software to orchestrate Cloud computing to get better answers,...