Penguin Computing Launches Scyld HCA, a New HPC Cloud Hosting Appliance

hpc-cloud-hostingPenguin Computing, supplier of high performance computing (HPC) solutions in North America, announced the immediate availability of Scyld HCA, its new HPC Cloud Appliance. The new appliance turns any HPC Linux cluster into a fully managed HPC hybrid cloud hosting environment.

The new cloud hosting appliance adds the ease of use and automation of a public cloud to an existing HPC cluster and has the added benefit of seamless hybrid access to Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) to support burst out compute and storage capability.

Built on open standards

Scyld HCA is a fully integrated solution (software, hardware and managed service) that combines the flexibility and ease-of-access of a cloud-based solution with the performance of ‘bare-metal’ computing. Built on open standards including OpenStack and Ceph, Scyld HCA provides virtual login host lifecycle management, object and data storage, user and group administration, metering and reporting, authentication, a Web-based portal, and an interactive Web GUI for hardware and workflow management.

The new cloud hosting appliance of Penguin Computing comes with the Scyld Cloud Management software integrated with Penguin’s Intel-based Relion servers, IceBreaker storage systems and new Arctica GigE and 10Gig high-performance, low cost networks. The appliance can be attached to an existing cluster or provided as part of a complete HPC cloud refresh.

Other key-features of Scyld HCA would include:

  • Simple connection to an HPC cluster through a virtual head node and job scheduler.
  • Self service, branded Web portal – minimizing system administration requirements and IT costs.
  • A variety of virtual machine host configurations – providing the latest computing solutions using Intel processors up to 512GB RAM and a variety of optional accelerator cards from Intel and NVIDIA.
  • Real-time feedback on usage as well as ad hoc report generation – giving users and group owners flexible report generation capability for bill back.
  • Remote, secure access from anywhere, including the upcoming capability for high-performance, low-latency 3D accelerated remote desktops.
  • Remote managed services and support provided by Penguin Computing with regular software updates.