Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

Eli Lilly uses Cloud Computing

For anyone that think that cloud computing is not real and no one really uses it seriously should think again. Here is an article on InformationWeek reporting that Eli Lilly "uses Amazon Web Services and other cloud services to provide high-performance computing, as needed, to hundreds of its scientists". The advantage of using Amazon WS is that "a new server can be up and running in three minutes... and a 64-node Linux cluster can be online in five minutes (compared with three months internally)". I'd advise everyone to take what it said with a pinch of salt, however it's still cool to know about commercial uses of AWS and what Eli Lilly is planning next.

Read the full article here.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

IDC: Cloud Services a $42B Market by 2012

http://www.on-demandenterprise.com/offthewire/IDC_Cloud_Services_a_42B_Market_by_2012_31280799.html

Tuesday Aug 05, 2008

The hype of the cloud

I just read a candid article on Linux magazine about the hype of cloud computing and I find it quite funny. A nice read for those who are also caught up in th fad, like me. :)

http://www.linux-mag.com/id/6511

EDIT: Dell is trying to trademark the term Cloud Computing: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Infrastructure/Dell-Attempts-to-Trademark-Cloud-Computing/

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Project Hydrazine

During the recent JavaOne, Sun announced a new project call Project Hydrazine that allows for the rapid creation and deployment of hosted services across multiple device types. Looking at this diagram suggests that this new service will be deployed on the existing compute infrastructure of Network.com. I guess that it will be used by Sun to offer hosting services, something akin to Network.com's Compute Utility except that it'll not just be for compute.

Some people (here and here) have referred it as Sun's new Cloud Computing platform. While the definition of Cloud Computing is subjected to much debate, I'm still very excited about it. However, I'm very curious on how does Project Caroline fit into all this, assuming there is any relation at all?

Read more about: "Sun's do-it-all cloud" from eWeek.

Video introduction to Project Hydrazine:

Monday May 05, 2008

Apache Hadoop

Apache Hadoop is gaining a lot of attention in the web community, especially support from Yahoo. It has a distributed filesystem and supports data intensive distributed application using the MapReduce computational model. It is been viewed as an important piece of the puzzle in Cloud computing, but can also be very useful to datamining type of applications. I think it won't be long before it catches attention in HPC, if it hasn't yet. With it's high scalability and fault tolerant nature, I think it has a lot of uses in HPC. Due to the data intensive nature, I wonder if there can be any value with using Hadoop with Lustre. If anyone has any insight to the I/O characteristics, I'll be glad to hear about it.
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