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San Francisco, CA — Rescale, the turnkey platform provider in cloud high performance computing, today announced that it has been named a “Cool Vendor” based on the May 2017 report “Cool Vendors in Cloud Infrastructure, 2017” by leading industry analyst firm Gartner.

The report makes recommendations for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders seeking to modernize and exploit more agile solutions, including the following:

  • “I&O leaders should examine these Cool Vendors closely and leverage the opportunities that they provide.”
  • “As enterprises grapple with the right mix of on-premises, off-premises and native cloud, choosing a cloud infrastructure vendor becomes more critical.”

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We have made a number of blog posts over the years where we have run some MPI microbenchmarks against the offerings from the major public cloud providers. All of these providers have made a number of networking improvements during this time so we thought it would be useful to rerun these microbenchmarks against the latest generation of VMs. In particular, AWS has released a new version of “Enhanced Networking” that supports up to 20Gbps, and Azure has released the H-series family of VMs which offers virtualized FDR InfiniBand.

My colleague Irwen recently ran the point-to-point latency (osu_latency) and bisection bandwidth (osu_bibw) tests from the OSU Microbenchmarks library (version 5.3.2) against a number of different VM types from Google Compute Engine. For consistency, we’ll use the same library here with Azure and AWS.  The table below includes the best performing machine from Irwen’s post: the n1-highmem-32. The c4.8xlarge represents an AWS VM type from the previous Enhanced Networking generation and the newer m4.32xlarge VM is running the newer version of Enhanced Networking.

In the table below, we list the averaged results over 3 trials. A new pair of VMs were  provisioned from scratch for each trial:

0-byte Latency (us) 1MB bisection bandwidth (MB/s)
GCE (n1-highmem-32) 41.04 1076
AWS (c4.8xlarge) 37.07 1176
AWS (m4.32xlarge) 32.43 1152
Azure (H16r) 2.63 10807

As you might expect, the Azure H-series VMs seriously outpace the non-InfiniBand equipped competition in these tests. One of the frequent criticisms levied against using the public cloud for HPC is that networking performance is not up to the task of running a tightly-coupled workload. Microsoft’s Azure has shown that it is possible to run a virtualized high-performance networking fabric at hyperscale.

That said, while this is interesting from a raw networking performance perspective, it is important to avoid putting too much stock into synthetic benchmarks like this. Application benchmarks are generally a much better representation of real-world performance. It is certainly possible to achieve strong scaling with some CFD solvers with virtualized 10GigE. AWS has published STAR-CCM+ benchmarks showing close to linear scaling on a 16M cell model on runs up to 700 MPI processes. Microsoft has also published some STAR-CCM+ benchmarks showing close to linear scaling on up to 1,024 MPI processes with an older generation of InfiniBand equipped VMs (note that this is not an apples-to-apples comparison because Microsoft used a larger 100M cell model in their tests). It’s also important to highlight that specialized networking fabric typically comes at a higher price point. Additionally, keep in mind is that network speed is just one dimension of performance. Disk IO, RAM, CPU core count and generation, as well as the type of simulation and model size all need to be taken into consideration when making a decision about what hardware profiles to use. One of the advantages of using a multi-cloud platform like Rescale’s ScaleX Platform is that it makes it easy to run benchmarks and moreover, enterprise HPC workloads, across a variety of hardware configurations by simply changing the core type in your job submission request.

Finally, it is impressive to note how far things have come from the original Magellan report. There is a fierce battle going on right now between the public cloud heavyweights and we are starting to see hardware refresh cycles including not only high-performance interconnect but also modern CPU generations (Skylake) as well as GPU and FPGA availability at large scale. The “commodity” public cloud is increasingly viable for a growing number of HPC workloads.

This article was written by Ryan Kaneshiro.

San Francisco, CA — Rescale and DYNAmore are excited to announce that hourly, on-demand licenses of the popular finite element analysis (FEA) software LS-DYNA are now available in Europe on ScaleX™ Enterprise, Rescale’s enterprise cloud platform for big compute. The joint launch builds on the success of on-demand licensing in the United States, which accounts for 99% of LS-DYNA jobs on ScaleX in that country. DYNAmore, LS-DYNA’s European distributor, will take care of orders and billing, while Rescale will deliver the software on its cloud platform.

Rescale provides ScaleX, a cloud computing platform for simulation and other software that require high-performance computing (HPC). Over 200 third-party software packages, including LS-DYNA, are integrated onto the ScaleX platform, which users can leverage on the cloud via an intuitive SaaS graphical user interface. Rescale partners with major public cloud providers, including AWS and Microsoft Azure, to allow users to run simulations on a global network of the latest HPC hardware.

LS-DYNA, one of the most popular software packages on the ScaleX platform, was previously available to European customers under a “bring-your-own-license (BYOL)” model that permitted customers to use their annual or paid-up licenses on the Rescale platform. With the addition of on-demand licensing, European LS-DYNA customers can now instantly purchase hourly licenses on the cloud to meet their variable simulation requirements and pay by the hour for the licenses they use. In conjunction with Rescale’s multi-cloud network of on-demand HPC hardware, on-demand licenses will allow European LS-DYNA customers to fully leverage the elasticity of the cloud. “Engineers at European enterprises now have the freedom to scale out their LS-DYNA simulations in the blink of an eye, giving their organizations the IT agility that directly corresponds with ROI,” said Joris Poort, Rescale’s CEO.

DYNAmore’s Software Solutions Manager Uli Göhner anticipates the news will boost LS-DYNA sales in Europe as the software licenses become more accessible and easy to purchase. “We already have a lot of requests from our existing customer base for short term HPC resources. Our flexible licensing strategy allows customers to lease additional licenses for a short term or to purchase licenses on a pay-per-use basis. This new licensing option was implemented especially for our LS-DYNA cloud offering and allows our customers to use their HPC resources effectively.”

Rescale is a Gold Sponsor of the 11th European LS-DYNA Conference in Salzburg, Austria on May 9-11, 2017. Visit the Rescale booth for a live demo of how to buy on-demand licenses on ScaleX.

About Rescale
Rescale is the global leader for high-performance computing simulations and deep learning in the cloud. Trusted by the Global Fortune 500, Rescale empowers the world’s top scientists and engineers to develop the most innovative new products and perform groundbreaking research and development faster and at lower cost. Rescale’s ScaleX platform transforms traditional fixed IT resources into flexible hybrid, private, and public cloud resources—built on the largest and most powerful high-performance computing network in the world. For more information on Rescale’s ScaleX platform, visit www.rescale.com.

About DYNAmore
DYNAmore is the main partner for consulting, training, support and sales services concerning the finite element software LS-DYNA. The product portfolio consists of LS-DYNA, LS-OPT, LS-PrePost, GENESIS, additional complementary programs as well as numerous FE models for crash simulation.

DYNAmore is the first choice for pilot and development projects dealing with the simulation of nonlinear dynamic problems. Secured and qualified support for all application fields, FEM calculation services and general consulting on the subject of structural dynamics are among the services. The educational offering covers a wide range of seminars, info days and conferences. The services provided also include software development for finite element solver technology and simulation data management as well as consulting and support for modern, massively parallel computer systems.

This article was written by Rescale.

San Francisco, CA — Rescale is pleased to announce a partnership with Computer Simulation Technology (CST®), part of SIMULIA, a Dassault Systèmes brand, that will allow engineers and scientists running simulations in CST STUDIO SUITE to easily access the world’s largest high-performance computing (HPC) network via Rescale’s ScaleX platform.

CST STUDIO SUITE is a best-in-class software package for electromagnetic simulation.  Customers often demand high-performance IT resources for large system-level simulation. Reducing run-times, particularly for multi-parameter optimization, can improve design throughput and the critical time-to-market for a product. Such IT resources are traditionally on-premise, but can incur large start-up and maintenance costs and can be redundant within 3 years as new technology comes along. Rescale offers an alternative scalable, secure and turn-key, cloud-based platform that now allows CST STUDIO SUITE to run on its worldwide network of high-performance computers, including the most state-of-the-art hardware available.

Under the new partnership, CST customers can bring their own licenses, and CST STUDIO SUITE will be available pre-configured on Rescale’s ScaleX platform. By accessing Rescale’s ScaleX platform through any browser, CST STUDIO SUITE users can run sophisticated engineering simulations on Rescale’s global multi-cloud HPC network of over 60 data centers in 30 plus locations worldwide. Demanding users can scale out to thousands of cores and choose hardware configurations optimized to the requirements of CST STUDIO SUITE’s complete technology portfolio, with options ranging from economical HPC configurations to cutting-edge bare metal systems, low-latency InfiniBand interconnect, and the latest Intel and NVIDIA GPU chipsets.

With Rescale’s ScaleX platform, enterprises can leverage built-in administration and collaboration tools to build teams, manage resources, and share jobs with team members.  Additionally, enterprise administrators can take advantage of best-in-class security features such as multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, and set IP access rights, on a platform that meets the highest security standards, including ISO 27001 and 27017, SOC2 Type 2, ITAR, and HIPAA.

“We are very excited to be partnering with CST, as a new part of the SIMULIA brand of Dassault Systèmes, said Joris Poort, CEO at Rescale.  “We believe that CST STUDIO SUITE users will benefit from the fast, flexible, secure, and huge on-demand resources that Rescale can bring to computationally-demanding tools, such as electromagnetic simulation.”

Dr. Martin Timm, Director Global Marketing at CST added, “CST STUDIO SUITE provides   comprehensive, advanced solving engines based on various numerical methods for world-class electromagnetic simulation. These engines run optimally on various types of hardware, and we believe that making them available on Rescale’s ScaleX platform will allow our customers access to the best possible performance across the whole suite of tools.”

Rescale is sponsoring the CST European User Conference 2017 in Darmstadt, Germany this week on April 27-28, 2017. Attend Rescale’s presentation or booth to discuss the advantages of running CST STUDIO SUITE on the cloud with Rescale.. Attend Rescale’s presentation or booth to discuss the advantages of running CST STUDIO SUITE on the cloud with Rescale.

About Rescale
Rescale is the global leader for high-performance computing simulations and deep learning in the cloud. Trusted by the Global Fortune 500, Rescale empowers the world’s top scientists and engineers to develop the most innovative new products and perform groundbreaking research and development faster and at lower cost. Rescale’s ScaleX platform transforms traditional fixed IT resources into flexible hybrid, private, and public cloud resources—built on the largest and most powerful high-performance computing network in the world. For more information on Rescale’s ScaleX platform, visit www.rescale.com.

This article was written by Rescale.