REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – Advania Data Centers has over the past years invested greatly in their Data Center and High Performance Computing capabilities. These investments have resulted in a compelling value proposition for HPC operators, where the company can offer modular offerings. These offerings cover anything from HPC cluster hosting to application support and licence management.
Advania’s latest service is dedicated to HPC, where companies can outsource their HPC cluster to Advania’s HPCaaS cloud, hosted in Advania Data Centers in Iceland. The HPCaaS cloud can accommodate hosted HPC clusters, as well as allowing users to scale up and down as needed, while only paying for what they use.
The scalability has been offered by others in the industry for some time now, but on demand resources have historically been expensive. Similarly, so has the cost of running HPC in a public cloud, whereas some HPC workloads are economical to run. Most, however, become way too expensive in the public cloud billing model, as well as some HPC jobs are not able to run in a public cloud because of technical or application licence issues.
Advania aims to address all these pain points with the new HPCaaS cloud, that has been developed in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
“We have developed a service and capabilities to address the needs of even the most demanding HPC operators and it has proven to deliver great value for our customers.” Says Eyjolfur Magnus Kristinsson, Managing Director at Advania Data Centers. “This expansion of our HPC platform is our next step to offer the HPCaaS cloud at scale to customers that demand increased flexibility and want to be able to scale their environments as needed. While we are not disclosing how large this expansion is, I can say that this step of the expansion includes thousands of cores”.
This expansion includes the latest hardware from HPE, Intel and Panasas; purpose built for HPC workloads with high speed interconnect and flexible storage options suitable for most HPC operators.
“We are extremely happy to be able to expand our HPCaaS platform this quickly and have already signed the first customers on to the HPCaaS cloud.” Says Hans Rickardt, HPC Specialist at Advania. “The Cluster is built with HPE Apollo 6000 chassis and the servers are xl230a, configured with Broadwell E5-2683v4 2×16 core, 256 GByte memory, 1.92TB SSD, 10Gbit Ethernet and high-speed interconnect and 100Gbit Intel Omnipath. During cluster verification and burn-in test I ran Linpack on 3200 cores and was able to achieve over 100TFlops, with a fantastic efficiency of 96%. I can state that our HPCaaS cloud performance is outstanding”.
Advania is a leading Nordic IT company offering diverse services and solutions that include software, ERP systems, consulting, hardware, IT operations, HPC, hosting and data center services. Built on a solid foundation spanning 70 years of technology services, Advania has over 5,300 clients in public and private sectors in the Nordics and Europe. Advania’s staff of over 1300 employees across 17 offices located in three countries is committed to providing customers with the best possible service. Operations are certified according to international quality and security standard ISO 27001.
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