This is an example of how the tools that are part of modern cloud computing, including automation tools, elasticity and dynamic pricing can come together to help address major scientific workloads.
Elastic MapReduce (Lab, 10:00 – 12:00)
Try out Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Amazon’s hosted and managed Hadoop service. EMR is a fast and easy way to jump into big data analysis.
AWS 101 (Lab, 3:00 – 4:30)
Walk through the basics of Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cluster (EC2). Launch and configure a basic web server, and if you have time, make another one and cluster them behind an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) to create a high-availability website.
Our September 28 labs will be held in room 1009 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab (which is different from the Mechanical Engineering Building). Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.
A Cloud Guru is now offering a free one-hour course explaining the basics of what cloud computing is (and isn’t) and why you keep hearing about it. I recommend it to anyone who’s not sure where to start on this whole “cloud” thing.
Time for some HPC! We’ll be introducing Alces Flight and demonstrating how simple it can be to build a computation cluster on AWS.
AWS 101 (Lab, 9:00 – 10:30)
Learn the basics of the AWS web console. You will create a simple webserver on EC2. If there’s time, you can clone it, add an Elastic Load Balancer, and create a highly-available web server cluster.
Update: 9/12 The AWS 101 Lab is full, and has been removed from the signup form. We’ve added another section in the afternoon.
Building Clusters with Alces Flight (Lab, 10:30 – 12:00)
Alces Flight is billed as “Effortless HPC on Demand.” It’s a tool for cluster management which supports hundreds of scientific computing tools. Each lab participant will build their own personal HPC cluster, see how its used, and tear it back down.
AWS 101 (Lab, 3:00 – 4:30)
Since the morning session filled up, we’ve added a second session of AWS 101. It’s the same content: deploying an EC2 instance with a webserver and adding an Elastic Load Balancer if time permits.
Our September 14 labs will be held in room 1009 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab. Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.
Amazon has begun rolling out a new web console. We’re expecting existing accounts to be updated by the end of the year, but there’s no telling exactly when a given account will see the update.
A Cloud Guru has put together a video walking through the new console and highlighting some of the changes. Have a look, and hopefully it will be less of a surprise when the update hits your account.