Techila benchmarks top clouds in real-world HPC

27.5.2014

 

All clouds are not similar. If the technical features of a cloud do not align with the needs of business, a solution which looks cost efficient can have a high cost of ownership. Based on customer demand, Techila Technologies publishes a report which benchmarks and analyzes the leading clouds in real-world high-performance computing (HPC) scenarios: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Azure.

The goal of Techila Technologies’ benchmark experiment was to provide HPC customers with an easy-to-understand analysis and benchmark. Many users who are considering cloud as a HPC solution have said that a FLOPS/ USD and Gbps/ USD figures are interesting but they do not show the full picture. Raw processor power, available memory, or theoretical maximum data transfer rate do not always translate directly to application performance. Because of this, the focus of Techila Technologies’ benchmark experiment is on testing the performance of AWS, Google Compute Engine GCE, and Azure in real-world HPC use-cases, and on studying how the leading clouds can respond to requirements arising from HPC scenarios.

We can say without doubt that cloud computing will have a role to play in the future of HPC. it is also clear that cloud will shape the way, how we will understand the word “HPC” in the future. But cloud will also require learning new ways of thinking. Understanding the needs of business and understanding the features of the cloud will define successful implementations of cloud-powered HPC. IT managers who have this knowledge will be able integrate cloud services in a way, which can serve the fluctuating needs of business efficiently.

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