September 26, 2013
LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 23 — The UberCloud HPC Experiment is proud to announce that Intel, Autodesk, and Bull are now sponsoring the UberCloud HPC Experiment and joining the UberCloud Advisory Board. The free and voluntary HPC Experiment brings industry end users and service providers together to explore technical computing as a service. The computing resources are supplied by participating HPC Centers and Clouds. Software licenses and expert know-how are provided through a growing list of participating service providers.
Intel, Autodesk, and Bull are the first sponsors supporting the UberCloud HPC Experiment with their funding to extend the benefits of technical computing and HPC to small and medium enterprises.
“The potential market for HPC worldwide is much larger than what we see today,” said Stephen Wheat, Intel’s General Manager of High Performance Computing, continuing, “By addressing the barriers confronting the missing middle, like the UberCloud HPC Experiment does, we are finding that we can indeed broaden the adoption of its capabilities within this underserved market segment. This initiative creates a virtuous cycle leading to the democratization of HPC – it’s making modeling and simulation available to the masses.”
“Autodesk has always been dedicated to innovation, delivering new solutions and technologies that help our users across the industries we serve work more freely,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, Senior Vice President of Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Being part of the UberCloud experiment offers us the opportunity to reach even further into the world of HPC and connect with users to continue to learn and fine tune our Cloud-based offerings moving forward.”
“Bull has been providing HPC-as-a-Service to several high profile clients since the early 2000s,” said Marc Levrier, HPC Cloud Solution Manager at Serviware, a Bull group Company. “Bull brought together the necessary skills in hardware, software, hosting and networking to transfer an increasing number of HPC workloads to the Cloud. We regularly demonstrate to our clients that industrial and scalable Cloud HPC solutions are available and cost effective. We find UberCloud and its HPC Experiment as the perfect environment to validate our vision against a wider variety use cases, address remaining roadblocks, collaborate with experts from all around the world and help the HPC community learn about this wind of change.”
The UberCloud HPC Experiment started in July last year, reaching near 600 participating organizations from 48 countries today, and growing. Among the participants over 110 teams have been formed, working on a wide variety of projects in digital manufacturing, life sciences, and Big Data. Recently, the first UberCloud Compendium has been published (sponsored by Intel), with the 25 best case studies reporting about the benefits, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for HPC as a Service for the wider community.
When asking the two founders Burak Yenier and Wolfgang Gentzsch what they will do with this funding, their answer comes fast: “What started just with a small experiment one year ago has now grown into a community-wide initiative of users and service providers to explore and apply HPC as a Service to real world applications. We launched our sponsorship program to invite sponsors to the UberCloud Advisory Board, representing large parts of our community, like Intel, Autodesk, and Bull. The funds from our sponsors will help to make this initiative sustainable, including the free and voluntary HPC Experiment for exploring HPC as a Service, the UberCloud Exhibition for service providers interactively advertising their services, and the UberCloud University offering regular lectures on actual HPC related topics.” And they continue: “The beauty of this crowd-sourcing and social networking initiative is that we have the whole community behind this, including the support of our media sponsors from HPCwire, Digital Manufacturing Report, Bio-IT World, and Desktop Engineering.”
The UberCloud Experiment is continuously looking for active participants, either industry end-users or resource, software, and expertise providers. Also, observers who are just interested in following the trends in HPC as a Service in our community are very welcome. Please register here.
Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries ― including the last 18 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects — use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.
Bull is a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems. The Group is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions where computing power and security serve to optimize its customers' information systems, to support their business. Bull operates in high added-value markets including computer simulation, cloud computing and 'computing power plants', outsourcing and security.
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.
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