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SARA's OpenNebula HPC Cloud Goes into Production

High Performance Computing in the Cloud

Last week the OpenNebula project gave a keynote about HPC Cloud Computing with OpenNebula at the High Performance Cloud Computing Day hosted by the SARA Supercomputing Center and the Big Grid project to officially inaugurate its new HPC Cloud infrastructure. It was really impressive to see the work done by the HPC Cloud team during the last two years. It was 2009 when OpenNebula had the first technical discussions with this team about how to build an IaaS cloud that could address the challenging needs of the HPC community. At that time, they had the vision to understand the full potential of cloud computing for High Performance Computing, and since then they have done pioneering, innovative work that is now helping others to follow the same path. Moreover, from the beginning they involved the users in the testing of the platform to make sure the final infrastructure would fully address their needs.

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One very interesting aspect of the event was the active participation of the users. Most of the presentations showed the benefits of the new cloud system for their research in a very clear "before and after" comparison. The new HPC Cloud system is supporting research in different fields such as Bioinformatics, Ecology, Geography or Computer Science. There was also a demo market with live demonstrations by researchers on the Cloud, where we could see OpenNebula 3.0, the engine inside SARA's HPC Cloud, running. The inauguration event finalized with the festive launch of the new HPC Cloud infrastructure. We are really excited to see how SARA's HPC Cloud is now running in production. So, congratulations for the SARA's HPC Cloud Team!.

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.

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