Challenges and Building Blocks to Create HPC Cloud Platforms

Schedule: 06/03/2016 – 8:30-12:00

Abstract: Cloud environments were initially created to host web services, mainly for e-commerce, but are now becoming an important platform for executing High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. This tutorial will cover the various research challenges to move these applications to the cloud and create software components to manage these applications properly. It will also show existing solutions to tackle these problems and use-case examples of applications in industry that benefit from HPC Cloud environments.


Marco A. S. Netto is a Research Manager of the Industrial Cloud Technologies Group at IBM Research Brazil and IBM Master Inventor. He has more than 15 years of experience on resource management for distributed systems. Dr. Netto has published more than 40 scientific publications, including journals, conference papers, and book chapters, and has filed more than 40 patents. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2010.

Eduardo Rocha Rodrigues is a member of the Industrial Cloud Technologies group at IBM Research Brazil. His area of expertise is High Performance Computing. Currently, he works with Finite Element Method applications for Geomechanics and HPC Cloud. Prior to joining IBM, he worked for the Center for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC / INPE) as a research associate, where he developed strategies to scale weather and climate models for large parallel machines. He got his PhD in Computer Science (2011) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). During his PhD, he worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eduardo also holds a M. Sc. in Applied Computing from the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) and a B.Sc. in Computer Information Systems from Bahia State University (Uneb). His area of interest is load balancing, particularly in applications which exhibit dynamic sources of load imbalance. He also is interested in power consumption in supercomputers and computing at Exascale.