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Flux7, a solution provider that has tied itself tightly with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organizations leverage the cloud with DevOps and Agile development, is now turning its attention to the high-performance computing (HPC) field.
The Lowdown: The Austin, Texas-based company is launching a new consulting practice to enable enterprises to run their traditional HPC workloads, as well as emerging applications like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data analytics in AWS environments. At the same time, Flux7 is tapping Derek Magill, a solutions architect at the company with experience in such places as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, to run the new HPC practice.
The Details: Flux7 sees its HPC Consulting Practice as a way to help organizations embrace the flexibility, capacity, and cost-effectiveness of the cloud for workloads in such areas as seismic imaging, reservoir simulation, computer-aided engineering, computational chemistry, and financial risk modeling, complex applications that call for a lot of compute power and storage capabilities.
The services in the new consulting practice include:
> Prioritizing workloads for migration to the cloud through strategic planning and assessment
> Designing and implementing technology platforms that are secure and enable agility and scale
> Identifying spot-ready workloads for the cloud to drive down costs and maximize return-on-investment (ROI)
> Giving organizations the training and knowledge they need to run their workloads in the cloud
The Impact: Organizations running HPC workloads continue to adopt the cloud, according to Hyperion Research. The market research firm has found that HPC sites that run some workloads in the cloud have grown from 13% in 2011 to 74% last year. Supercomputer maker Cray, now owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, found in a recent survey that more than 70% of respondents are leveraging hybrid clouds for AI workloads.
Background: Magill’s background not only includes work with Qualcomm and TI; he’s also executive director of the Association of High Performance Computing Professionals and chairman of CELUG, the Centralized Enterprise License User Group.
The Buzz: “By leveraging the virtually unlimited elasticity and capacity of the cloud, engineers, researchers, and HPC system owners can innovate beyond the limitations of on-premises HPC infrastructure to accelerate the use of simulation, scalable parallel processing, fast data movement, ultra-large memory systems, and other supercomputing capabilities,” said Aater Suleman, co-founder and CEO of Flux7. “However, building and deploying systems for these workloads require the right skills, technologies, and approach. Flux7’s HPC Consulting Practice enables enterprises to bring their demanding HPC workloads to the cloud to speed time to market, reduce CapEx, and massively improve productivity.”
“Traditional on-premises HPC clusters have a deep history and legacy,” Magill said. “While most HPC practitioners see the promise of the elasticity and scalability of the cloud, translating those legacy workflows poses unique challenges. I’m excited to share my hard-earned lessons learned in making that transition along with the deep programming expertise of the Flux7 development team to help organizations turn the promise of cloud into a reality.”