Iwona Sakrejda (LBNL/NERSC)
Cloud computing is gaining a foothold in the business world, but can clouds meet the specialized needs of scientists? That is the question NERSC’s Magellan cloud computing test bed is exploring. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the system is distributed between DOE centers: the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in California and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in Illinois. Research efforts range from evaluating what applications work well on today's commercial cloud offerings to studying how jobs can be distributed across multiple DOE clouds and exploring emerging programming models like MapReduce. We will provide an overview of the project and present some of our findings to date. This includes recent results of the performance of scientific applications running on commercial cloud offerings compared with traditional systems.
Shane Canon (LBNL/NERSC)