How Cloud Computing Has Forever Changed HPC

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Supercomputing 2018 provided clear demonstrations that cloud-based High Performance Computing (HPC) has forever changed HPC and is having profound societal impacts in the medical community as well as on HPC supercomputer centers themselves. One example is Frontera, the latest National Science Foundation-funded system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). TACC’s Frontera, which will be the fastest supercomputer at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world, has a cloud component1.  Another example is UberCloud, who received three prestigious HPC community awards at SC18.

UberCloud, in particular, demonstrated that cloud-based HPC is a platform that now has significant societal impact. In recognition of that a community award was given for an effort in partnership with India’s National Institute of Health that replaced a highly risky brain-invasive procedure for schizophrenia – and potentially Parkinson’s disease, depression, and other brain disorders – with a non-invasive low-risk, low-cost treatment. Wolfgang Gentzsch (President and Co-Founder), UberCloud observes, “The use of cloud-based HPC in personalized medicine demonstrates the adoption and acceptance of HPC throughout all aspects of our global society”.

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