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2011 Sixth Open Cirrus Summit (2011)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Oct. 12, 2011 to Oct. 13, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4650-6
pp: 22-26
HPC applications are increasingly being used in academia and laboratories for scientific research and in industries for business and analytics. Cloud computing offers the benefits of virtualization, elasticity of resources and elimination of cluster setup cost and time to HPC applications users. However, poor network performance, performance variation and OS noise are some of the challenges for execution of HPC applications on Cloud. In this paper, we propose that Cloud can be viable platform for some HPC applications depending upon application characteristics such as communication volume and pattern and sensitivity to OS noise and scale. We present an evaluation of the performance and cost tradeoffs of HPC applications on a range of platforms varying from Cloud (with and without virtualization) to HPC-optimized cluster. Our results show that Cloud is viable platform for some applications, specifically, non communicationintensive applications such as embarrassingly parallel and tree-structured computations up to high processor count and for communication-intensive applications up to low processor count.

D. Milojicic and A. Gupta, "Evaluation of HPC Applications on Cloud," 2011 Sixth Open Cirrus Summit(OCS), Atlanta, Georgia USA, 2011, pp. 22-26.
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