Google Follows Amazon Web Services Into On-Demand Supercomputing

Photo Cancer researchers at the Broad Institute used 51,200 computing cores for an analysis that on a single computer server would have run about 30 years.Credit Broad Institute Google is chasing Amazon Web Services in a new area –- providing access to “on-demand” supercomputing resources. On Wednesday, Google announced the general availability of something called pre-emptible virtual machines, which amount to computing resources you can rent for very little. The service, first announced in May, enables people to buy computer processing that Google isn’t using at a steep discount, provided the customer is willing to yield the resources on short notice. A.W.S. has a similar short-term usage program, called Spot Instances. It lends itself to supercomputing exercises, particularly for universities and companies that don’t want to buy multimillion-dollar machines of…


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