LAKE WALES, Fla. ‐ Supercomputing-as-a-service has added a new meaning to SaaS now that Cray Inc. (Seattle, Wash.) has cut a deal with the Markley Group (Boston) to provide Cray supercomputers on a pay-as-you-go basis among Markely's cloud computing offerings. Starting with the Urika-GX model, Markely plans eventually to offer the whole Cray supercomputer line on a cloud rental basis. Their first public demonstration will be at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo 2017 in Boston starting May 23.
Today, to run programs in minutes on a supercomputer, compared to hours or days on a conventional server, you need to either buy your own, or beg for time on one owned (usually) by a U.S. National Lab. Academics routinely use national lab supercomputers, but even if given permission have to queue up their job with those from dozens of other beggars. Only the national lab itself routinely has access to all the resources of a supercomputer for a single job.
“There are no other supercomputers in the cloud,” Jeff Flanagan, executive vice president at the Markley Group told EE Times. “Our unique offering uses an independent reservation model by the week or even month for exclusive access to a Cray supercomputer — not sharing it with others.”
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