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Rutgers-Led Experts Assemble Globe-Spanning Supercomputer Cloud


Manish Parashar

"Our goal is to make these federated, high-performance computing clouds more useful to industry," says Rutgers University professor Manish Parashar.

Researchers at Rutgers University, the University of Texas at Austin, and IBM have created a massive virtual supercomputer cloud designed to solve complex computing tasks.

By combining different computing resources, integrating them into a virtual cloud, and disbanding resources that are no longer needed, the researchers demonstrated how to build a federated cloud, says Rutgers professor Manish Parashar. "Our goal is to make these federated, high-performance computing clouds more useful to industry," Parashar says.

IBM's Thomas Watson Research Center provided access to supercomputers while Rutgers and University of Texas researchers contributed expertise in autonomic computing. "Modeling the systems requires simulating complex physics and exploring large numbers of parameters," says IBM's Kirk Jordan. The researchers used IBM's Blue Gene supercomputers based in New York as well as IBM supercomputers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

They ran a demonstration of their system through an Apple iPad tablet computer. "Accessing such a large supercomputer configuration from an iPad to easily run a complex application makes supercomputing much more accessible to scientists and engineers," says Rutgers graduate student Moustafa AbdelBaky.

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