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February 2013/ Volume 2, Issue 2

Cloud propels HPC sector

The HPC sector is showing enterprise IT what the public cloud can do: save gobs and gobs of money, while pushing the envelope on the scale of computation. But how likely is widespread adoption? For a glimpse of the future of computing, the high-performance computing sector has always been a good place to look. In this age of cloud computing, HPC shops have been true to form, seizing upon cheap and plentiful public cloud resources to build ginormous compute clusters for short dollars -- and big results. In recent years, the worldwide HPC sector has been one of the lone bright spots in IT spending, estimated at $20.3 billion in 2011, and growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6%, according to IDC. The availability of cheap cloud resources could propel the HPC sector still further, providing compute resources to a whole new class of users who were previously priced out, said Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing, a provider of HPC provisioning software. "Public cloud is democratizing access to utility supercomputing," Stowe ...

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