The high-performance computing (HPC) community has generally been slow to adopt cloud compared to other industry sectors for several well-documented reasons:
However, today many of these barriers to adoption have been removed or mitigated and according to industry analysts such as Hyperion and Intersect360 Research HPC cloud is now the fastest-growing segment of the HPC market.
Recent surveys of major HPC facilities report that over 90% of all HPC centers expect to use cloud services for at least part of their HPC service provision by 2026. It is crucial to note though, that this is generally supplemental to on-premises resources rather than replacing them completely.
Some market verticals, such as Life Sciences, were early adopters of cloud and are leading the charge, although it is now true that all sectors are growing, moving increasing portions of their workload the cloud to:
- Reduce the size and associated costs of on-premises facilities
- Move non-time-critical jobs to the cloud releasing on-premises resources for more time-critical works
- Evaluate new technologies without the high cost of capital purchases
- Burst workloads to manage peaks and troughs
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This article was originally published on InsideHPC on September 13, 2021.