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High performance computing and cloud computing have traditionally been seen as separate solutions to separate problems, dealing with issues of performance and flexibility respectively. In a diverse research environment however, both sets of compute requirements can occur. In addition to the administrative benefits in combining both requirements into a single unified system, opportunities are provided for incremental expansion.
The deployment of the Spartan cloud-HPC hybrid system at the University of Melbourne last year is an example of such a design. Despite its small size, it has attracted international attention due to its design features. This presentation, in addition to providing a grounding on why one would wish to build an HPC-cloud hybrid system and the results of the deployment, provides a complete technical overview of the design from the ground up, as well as problems encountered and planned future developments.
Lev Lafayette is the HPC and Training Officer at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that he worked at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing for several years in a similar role.