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Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational


CloudBank user portal.
1 Sep 2020 San Diego - The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and its partners at the University of Washington (UW), UC Berkeley, and Strategic Blue have entered production operations of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded CloudBank programme, which aims to simplify the use of public Clouds across computer science research and education.
We designed the CloudBank portal so that researchers would have a simplified interface to compare and access a variety of Cloud provider services and monitor their spending across them in a unified dashboard, said Shava Smallen, co-principal investigator and lead architect for the CloudBank user portal. Credit: Jon Lou, SDSC/UC San Diego.

CloudBank is the result of a mid-2019 $5 million NSF award to SDSC and its partners to develop a suite of managed services to simplify public Cloud access for computer science research and education. Over the past year, the CloudBank team has been working with public Cloud providers, early users, project advisors, and the broader computer science community to develop the processes, tools, and education and outreach materials that address the plethora of pain points in making effective use of public Clouds.

These initiatives included developing a broad understanding of capabilities available from providers, determining cost estimates for inclusion in NSF proposals, and assisting researchers in accessing the Cloud and carrying the full range of user management and usage tracking that is critical for successful research and education programmes.

"This transition to production operations is an important milestone for the project and represents the culmination of a lot of hard work by all our partners this past year", stated Michael Norman, SDSC director and CloudBank's principal investigator. "I'm excited about where we are now, and look forward to the benefits that this innovative public-private partnership will bring to the research and education community."

A webinar explaining what services and support CloudBank offers, and how to request resources via CloudBank in NSF proposals will be held on September 18. The webinar will include a demonstration of the CloudBank user portal, which is a centerpiece of the project.

CloudBank has been structured to support specific NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) solicitations that have an option for principal investigators to request public Cloud resources as part of the proposal. Last year, the first of these, Smart and Connected Communities, was released as CloudBank-eligible. CloudBank is now working with NSF to make the first award under this programme.

Currently there are three additional open solicitations that can request Cloud resources via CloudBank: Cyber-physical Systems, Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation, and the CISE Core Programmes. CloudBank maintains a page of past and current NSF solicitations that are eligible under this programme.

"CloudBank is a first-of-its-kind pilot for NSF to explore how to incorporate public Cloud resources into NSF programmes in a way that is scalable and cost-effective", stated Deep Medhi, Programme Director in the Computer & Network Systems Division at the National Science Foundation. "We know that public Cloud resources play an increasingly important role in computer science research and education. Through CloudBank, we will gain a deeper understanding of what is required to make public Clouds an integral element of NSF programmes."

"Understanding what the Cloud has to offer, and how to use it in the lab or classroom can be daunting", stated Ed Lazowska, co-principal investigator and a professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at UW. "The team at UW has approached this by developing Cloud-agnostic training materials, and working with providers to ensure we are making the best use of the extensive materials they have to offer. As we look ahead, our efforts will be focused on building the community of Cloud practitioners with enhanced support, targeted training, and discussion forums where lessons learned can be shared."

CloudBank has a mission to support multiple Cloud providers, and while the user portal addresses this from the user perspective, there is significant complexity in working with providers in areas of contract negotiation, accounting, billing, and cost management. Through an innovative partnership with Strategic Blue, CloudBank is able to work with a single entity rather than each provider individually. This results in both operational and cost efficiencies that can be passed along to researchers.

"CloudBank has been designed with efficient Cloud financial operations at its core. Strategic Blue's role is to stretch the NSF's research dollar as far as possible in the public Cloud", stated James Mitchell, CEO of Strategic Blue. "We are working behind the scenes to provide researchers with the technical and financial support they need to keep within their budget, while leveraging the on-demand scalability the public Cloud offers to researchers."

The CloudBank award, funded under NSF grant 1925001, runs from August 1, 2019 through July 2024 (estimated). More information is available at the CloudBank website.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center - SDSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...