Amazon Cloud Utility{2}


by Han C
This article talks about how the era of utility supercomputing will be an on demand type of service, for example, like electricity and gas. In November of 2011, Amazon launched CC2 beta which is its most powerful cloud service to date. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to pay a fee for consumption of this on demand service. Dr. Matt Wood is a strong Amazon Web Services technology evangelist, he agrees with Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing that the concept of supercomputing as a utility has enormous potential for growth in the coming years. The goal is to be able to utilize the EC2’s infrastructure to help solve problems related to business or research. Questions which might require a million hours to compute are able to be solved in just one day, securely, and at a reasonable price. Each leased instance will have 2 Intel Xeon E5 processors, containing 8 cores per processor, 60.5 gigabytes of memory, 3.37 terabytes of storage, and 10 gigabit ethernet.

There is definitely a tremendous amount of potential for cloud computing technology. This model in which supercomputing becomes a utility is just one form of revenue stream for companies such as Amazon, who are trying to figure out different ways to profit from their investment into all this technology. In my previous blog post titled, “Oracle buys Taleo for $1.9b,” I had mentioned briefly about how Oracle plans to combine Taleo’s applications into its Fusion Suite. Clearly many companies are gradually preparing themselves for opportunities in the cloud, which also suggests that there might be more creative uses for all this computing power as well.

Source:Curtis, Sophie. 2012. Techworld.com. PCWorld.com. Amazon Hails Era of ‘Utility Supercomputing. http://www.pcworld.com/article/251536/amazon_hails_era_of_utility_supercomputing.html#tk.hp_new