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Thursday, July 22 • 8:30am - 8:40am
Research Cloud Bazaar

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Research workflows will benefit from a hybrid computing environment that offers seamless integration between on-campus and off-campus cloud resources. Commercial and Federal clouds offer researchers access to novel computing platforms that may not be available on their campus, offering opportunities to improve workflows and reduce the time to research. The large number of cloud offerings, however, makes cost management, and workflow transitions to appropriate platforms challenging. Successfully mapping workflows from on-campus resources to the cloud, and leveraging the available cost structures to find economical cost models are critical steps to enabling researcher access to this vast resource. To ameliorate these concerns, here we introduce the Research Computing Bazaar (RCB) software application for resource mapping and cost estimation. RCB is a software-as-a-service platform is an elastic, scalable, and fault tolerant system. It is developed using actual data from research computing workloads, and can be easily configured to be used by users or system administrators in Slurm-based on-premise computing environments. In this pilot, we inform researchers about opportunities to leverage flexible workload orchestration in managing cloud costs on a major cloud service provider. An extension into predictive capacities with machine learning mechanisms is being developed.

Thursday July 22, 2021 8:30am - 8:40am PDT
Pathable Platform