Cloud HPC/CaaS

Trough of Disillusionment
UMN Assessment
No Investment Needed
Time Frame
2 to 5 Years
Last Updated on Sep 12, 2014

High performance computing (HPC) refers to computer processing tasks—including some data-visualization, image processing, and data mining applications, among others—that require more processing power than can be supplied by a single computer. To undertake such complex or processor-intensive tasks, computer nodes are aggregated together in cooperative, networked clusters. Although such a high performance systems may be hosted on dedicated hardware cabled together in a physical cluster, HPC systems in a higher education setting are increasingly hosted in networked virtual clusters in the "cloud" (Cloud HPC) with the number of processors, the volume and capacity of the network infrastructure, and storage space allocated to projects on demand. Increasingly, institutions—and even project teams with particular needs in relation to high-performance computing infrastructure—secure access to such cloud HPC services under contract with third-party vendors (Computing as a service or CaaS).

Cloud HPC/CaaS at the University of Minnesota
At the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) was established to provide the systems and expertise necessary to satisfy the high-performance computing needs of University faculty members and research teams.


  • 07/24/14

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