Tuesday, February 23, 2010

IGT HPC Work Group Meeting - Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC

IGT HPC Work Group Meeting - Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC Users: Clusters, Cloud, and Shared Memory (SMP) in a unified platform

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
IGT Offices, Maskit 4, 5th Floor, Hertzliya.
13:45-14:00: Gathering
14:00-14:05: Opening - Avner & Guy
14:05-15:00: Part 1
15:00-15:10: Coffee Break
15:10-16:00: Part 2
16:00-16:15: Discussion and concluding remarks

Title:Scalable x86-based solutions for HPC Users: Clusters, Cloud, and Shared Memory (SMP) in a unified platform
Abstracts:IBM (Gilad Berman, System x Technical Specialist)Scalable Data Center alternatives: iDataplex, BladeCenter, new management softwareiDataPlex technology offers a new innovative design to address the needs of the data center with extreme density and simplified manageability while reducing power and cooling consumption.BladeCenter is an established, open design with a flexible, scalable architecture that offers a true alternative to today’s sprawling racks and overheated server rooms. By integrating servers, storage, networking and management, BladeCenter is helping companies maximize performance, minimize costs and sweep complexity aside.xCAT is a new advanced generation of cluster deployment and management system.
ScaleMP (Benzi Galili, Executive Vice President)SMP machines (shared memory, symmetric multi-processor) are still required for several classes of HPC workloads, mainly for use of very large (>0.5TB) RAM and also for high-core counts. In the past, building SMPs required tens to hundreds of millions of ongoing project investments for custom-chipsets, and in many cases involved custom-everything (CPUs, interconnect, chipset, OS, and software stacks) – making this type of technology cost-prohibitive for many science and engineering organizations. Past commercial attempts at creating software-based SMP (a.k.a Software-DSM) have failed. ScaleMP uses a novel virtualization-based approach, taking advantage of high bandwidth commodity interconnect and high-performance standard (x86) processors, to create SMPs that perform better for HPC workloads, and cost significantly less than the hardware-only alternatives. This session will describe the types of workloads that benefit from the architecture (including use cases around the world), and some of the basic ideas behind the architecture.
Three usage classes will be discussed: classic SMP, HPC cluster simplification, and Cloud/Grid oriented SMP “on-demand” services.
16:25-16:35: Discussion and concluding remarks
 To register, please send your contact details to: info@grid.org.il

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Guy Tel-Zur, Ph.D. IGT Chairmanwww.grid.org.il

Thursday, February 04, 2010

CBSA: Cloud-based Services and Applications

IEEE 2010

CBSA: Cloud-based Services and Applications

Miami Florida, USA
Date: July 5 - 10, 2010

Workshop chair

Prof. Mark Baker, SSE, University of Reading, UK.
Email: mark DOT baker AT computer DOT org


Cloud computing is increasingly being used for what was known as "on-demand" and "utility computing". The services provided, the APIs and the applications that can be hosted by these Cloud providers have superseded the use of the grid, and are increasingly becoming popular with users. The Cloud is a paradigm shift, where details are abstracted from the users; they no longer need expert knowledge about using the various technologies and running their applications on service infrastructure. Cloud computing provides a consumption and delivery model for IT services based on Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and virtualized services.

There services that are provided by various Cloud providers, which include commercial entities, such as Amazon and Google, as well as those that are open-source systems, such as provided by Open Cirrus and Eucalyptus.

In this workshop we will examine and explore the services, interfaces and types of applications that can be executed on Cloud systems. In addition, we are interested in the interfaces used to access the underlying services, the pros¢ons of using virtualization, the range and scope of applications that can be executed, the security used by these services, and aspects such a service level agreements and quality of service provided. In addition, we are keen to know about the services that are used, and whether these are appropriate for various types of applications, such as sophisticated workflows and HPC.

Submission Dates

* April 1st, 2010, paper submission,
* April 15th, 2010, notification,
* April 30th, 2010, camera-ready version due.

List of topics

* Security Policies and Mechanisms,
* Possession and ownership of data,
* Scheduling on Clouds,
* Cloud benchmarks,
* Cloud-based services and protocols,
* Cloud Interoperability,
* Cloud Frameworks and Services,
* Storage and file systems,
* Cloud scalability and performance,
* Fault-tolerance,
* Application development and debugging tools,
* Business models and economics of cloud services,
* Vituralization of hardware and software resources,
* Performance monitoring and prediction of cloud performance,
* Capacity planning and resource allocation,
* Service Level Agreements and Quality of Services,
* Cloud architectures,
* Use of various Applications on Cloud-based systems.

Programme Committee

* Mark Baker, SSE, University of Reading, UK,
* Lee Gillam, University of Surrey, UK,
* Dejan Milojicic, HP, USA,
* Garry Smith, SSE, University of Reading, UK<
* Richard Sinnot, National e-Science Centre, University of Glasgow, UK,
* David Walker, Computer Science, Cardiff University, UK,
* Dave de Roure, ECS, University of Southampton, UK,
* Ken Hawick, Computer Science, Massey University, NZ,
* Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, USA,
* Guy Tel-Zur, Israeli Association of Grid Technologies,
* Ewa Deelman, USC Information Sciences Institute, USA,
* Jeremy Cohen, Imperial College, UK,
* Terry Harmer, Belfast e-Science (BeSC), UK,
* Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago, USA,
* David Wallom, Oxford e-Research Centre, UK,
* Marcel Kunze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany,
* Andrew L Wendelborn, University of Adelaide, Australia,
* Nikolaos Antonopoulos, University of Derby, UK,
* James Farnhill, JISC UK,
* Matthew Dovey, JISC, UK,
* David Bacigalupo, ECS, University of Southampton, UK,
* Xiaoyu Chen, ECS, University of Southampton, UK.  


IEEE2010: http://www.servicescongress.org/2010/
CBSA: Cloud-based Services and Applications: http://acet.rdg.ac.uk/events/index.php

Feb-16-2010, URL Update:  Complex HPC