Science Cloud Workshop

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Happy New Year! To get it off to a new start check out the call for papers for the ScienceCloud 2010 workshop – announced right before Christmas! The last year’s Science Cloud workshop was a great venue for anybody interested in cloud computing for science. The program covered everything from scientific cloud platforms (and how… Read more »

Another Barrier Goes Down

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Right on the heels of Amazon’s groundbreaking news on the Cluster Compute instances a couple of days ago, comes this announcement about a partnership between CENIC, Pacific NorthWest GigaPoP (PNWGP), and Amazon: two 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connections to Amazon S3 and EC2. This connection will be available to CENIC and PNWGP member institutions… Read more »

There is a New Supercomputer on the Block

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We all woke up to a game-changing announcement today: Amazon announced Cluster Compute instances designed to support the kinds of closely coupled workloads that high performance computing (HPC) relies on. The Cluster Compute instances consist of a pair of quad-core Intel “Nehalem” processors with 23 GB of RAM, and 1690 GB of local instance storage…. Read more »

EC2′s boot from EBS capability

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Amazon AWS recently announced that EC2 instances can be configured to launch from EBS volumes instead of bundled disk images. Science users launching heterogeneous clusters can possibly take advantage of this in order to streamline the bundling of images. Those clusters often share a base image layout. Because these AMIs can now reference any number… Read more »