SGI on Thursday announced the immediate availability of what it claims is the world's first large-scale, on-demand cloud computing service. Called Cyclone, the service is targeted specifically for dedicated to technical applications, SGI said.
"Cyclone enables an exciting new generation of discovery," said Dr. Michael Levine, co-founder and co-scientific director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). "Large supercomputing centers such as ours will benefit from the ability to scale computing capacity dynamically, on-demand, and experiment with the latest technologies."
For now, SGI has committed Cyclone to supporting a "number of leading applications partners" plus five technical domains, including computation fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, computational chemistry and materials, computations biology, and ontologies.
There are two service models available, one of which is as a Software as a Service (SaaS) and the other in the form of an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
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