How the University of Liverpool Balances HPC and the Cloud

To support various workloads required in academic research, the University of Liverpool runs an on-premise HPC cluster, designed by Dell EMC and Alces Flight, which offers on-demand public cloud access to Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs) running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The Dell PowerEdge-based HPC cluster is being used by researchers at the university to help them drive breakthroughs in developing new materials with large-scale applications in both industry and consumer products. HPC-supported research includes enhancing the personalisation of health management, and advancing the fight against infectious diseases.

The system has been running since 2017, and has been designed to enable researchers and students to run HPC workloads anywhere and at any time, says Cliff Addison, who works in advanced research computing at the University of Liverpool.

Read the full article, by Cliff Saran, on Computer Weekly.com.

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