Oct 10 – 14, 2016
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
America/Los_Angeles timezone

The role of dedicated computing centers in the age of cloud computing

Oct 10, 2016, 2:00 PM
Sierra B (San Francisco Mariott Marquis)

Sierra B

San Francisco Mariott Marquis

Oral Track 6: Infrastructures Track 6: Infrastructures


Tony Wong (Brookhaven National Laboratory)


Brookhvaven National Laboratory (BNL) anticipates significant growth in scientific programs with large computing and data storage needs in the near future and has recently re-organized support for scientific computing to meet these needs.
A key component is the enhanced role of the RHIC-ATLAS Computing Facility
(RACF)in support of high-throughput and high-performance computing (HTC and HPC) at BNL.

This presentation discusses the evolving role of the RACF at BNL, in
light of its growing portfolio of responsibilities and its increasing
integration with cloud (academic and for-profit) computing activities.
We also discuss BNL's plan to build a new computing center to support
the new responsibilities of the RACF and present a summary of the cost
benefit analysis done, including the types of computing activities
that benefit most from a local data center vs. cloud computing. This
analysis is partly based on an updated cost comparison of Amazon EC2
computing services and the RACF, which was originally conducted in 2012.

Primary Keyword (Mandatory) Computing facilities
Secondary Keyword (Optional) High performance computing
Tertiary Keyword (Optional) Cloud technologies

Primary authors

Alexandr Zaytsev (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US)) Christopher Hollowell (Brookhaven National Laboratory) Costin Caramarcu (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US)) Tony Wong (Brookhaven National Laboratory) William Strecker-Kellogg (Brookhaven National Lab)

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