HPC CloudHPC Cloud gives you and your project team complete control over your computing infrastructure. The infrastructure ranges from a single work station to a complete cluster and can be expanded to suit your needs. You can use your own operating system and analysis software. HPC Cloud is housed in SURF's own data centre.
HPC Cloud enables you, as a user, to control the computing environment you are working in. This applies to both the operating system and the analysis software. This means that you can adapt the environment to suit the software you are using for your research, such as a relational database, a remote desktop or an application server. This is a major advantage over most other infrastructures, which often impose restrictions on operating systems and software.
From work station to cluster
HPC Cloud can be accessed quickly. With just a simple request, you will be given direct access to computing capacity. As a researcher you can work with a single, heavy-duty work station, which simplifies management. Alternately, you can set up a complete compute cluster enabling you to expand the available computing capacity quickly and easily to accommodate peaks in the demand for computing capacity.
Fast processing and storage
HPC Cloud provides you access to multi-core processors for multi-threaded applications and a fast network for distributed memory applications. Fast storage facilities are available for data-intensive applications while bulk storage facilities can be used for very large data sets.
You fully control your own environment. You can therefore opt to offer it to your team as a collaborative platform for sharing data. Each team has its own network, you decide who has access. This means that no unauthorised persons will have access to your system or network, enabling you to share data safely with your fellow team members - and no one else.
Storage and back-up
Data are stored multiple times to minimise the risk of loss. To archive your data you can use the SURFsara Data Archive service. HPC Cloud features a fast network connection to this archive. SURFsara does not make any automatic backups of data located in HPC Cloud. You are personally responsible for making backups of files.
In recent years researchers have discovered that the HPC Cloud service enables them to flexibly expand their own computing facilities. Examples of their projects are as follows:
- Water research in the HPC Cloud
- UrbanFlood EU FP7 project: Identifying flood risks with HPC Cloud
- Meertens Institute: Two billion tweets as research material
- Geography (University of Amsterdam): Georeferencing - providing access to old maps through digitization
Support and consultancy
As a user of HPC Cloud you can always approach us for assistance. You can consult our standard documentation to set up your own infrastructure. It also contains answers to frequently asked questions.
Our helpdesk can be reached by telephone or e-mail, and can also be approached personally. If you have any questions or problems, please email email@example.com or alternately telephone +31-20-8001400. The helpdesk is available during office hours (9:00-17:00).
Looking for specific advice about how you can best deploy HPC Cloud computing capacity for your research? Contact our consultancy service.
More information and contact
More (technical) information on the HPC Cloud service can be found on the pages with user information about HPC Cloud. Are you looking for a printable version of the service description? You can download a service description of HPC Cloud in pdf. Interested in learning more? Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
This service is included in SURFsara's core package.