Fortissimo Marketplace: open for business

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 20 Nov 2015 | 11:13

EPCC leads the Fortissimo project, which lowers the barriers for industrial users to access HPC-based simulation by offering the benefits of the cloud computing model (such as pay-per-use), together with support for first-time users.

Making HPC simulation more accessible to SMEs will increase their competitiveness – one of the key goals of the ICT for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) programme that supports Fortissimo.

Fortissimo has developed the Marketplace based on requirements generated by a series of experiments in which small companies have developed applications that can run on cloud- based HPC systems. In addition to the technical work, each experiment has addressed the business aspects of using HPC in the cloud in order to establish viable business models.

The work done by EPCC and Glasgow-based Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) demonstrates the scale of benefits that can be achieved. IES provides software used by architects to assess the effects of the sun on building designs. By using cloud- based HPC the software can run simulations in hours rather than days, dramatically increasing productivity and cutting costs without the end-user needing to know anything about HPC or needing to buy expensive hardware. (See also my earlier post.)

The Marketplace will be the one- stop-shop for finding cloud-based HPC applications. After a lot of work to design and implement the initial set of features, the Marketplace went public last month as we start to add services. As more features and services are added the Marketplace will grow and ultimately become self sustaining. 

HPCwire awards for Fortissimo

We were immensely pleased to receive two HPCwire awards at the recent SC'15 event in Austin, Texas. Fortissimo was given both the Editors' Choice Award and Readers' Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in the Cloud. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!