[Beowulf] HPC cloud bursting providers?

Gavin W. Burris bug at wharton.upenn.edu
Tue Feb 21 06:13:00 PST 2017

Hello, Jeff.

This is in production here at Wharton.  Over a year ago, we started offering cloud bursting to our faculty that had needs beyond a fairshare of the HPCC.  Univa UniCloud is our solution.  With an AWS config per project, cloud compute nodes may be launched al a carte on the PI's budget.  This is all defined in configuration management in a git repo.

Two big steps... We are now using the same Ansible playbooks to configure both cloud images and on-prem hardware nodes.  And, with a hardware VPN, a private Amazon subnet (VPC) becomes an extension of the data center network.  These make the cloud a binary-compatible, seamless extension of our HPCC environment.  Latency between local and cloud is the main difference.  


On Mon 02/20/17 07:03PM EST, Jeff Friedman wrote:
> Hi all,
> Has anyone dealt with bursting from an on-prem HPC cluster to the cloud before? Are there any providers that stand out in this category? Quick searches reveal the usual suspects (AWS, Google, etc). Just wondered what real world experience has to say… :)
> Thanks!
> Jeff Friedman
> Sales Engineer
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Gavin W. Burris
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