High-performance computing in the cloud?
This report is a quantitative assessment of the competitiveness of commercial IaaS clouds and CSC's computing resources, which comprise bare-metal supercomputers, clusters and cloud resources.
The comparison is done in terms of price-performance based on specifications, as well as actual benchmarks for various workloads.
We show here that the large commercial cloud providers are not, for the majority of scientific workloads, competitive in terms of price nor application performance. For a subset of scientific workloads they work well, and hence CSC is also actively developing a private high performance cloud offering.
Sebastian von Alfthan
Senior Applications Specialist
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