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Wolfram announces cloud computing partnership

6 November 2008



Wolfram Research has announced a collaboration with Nimbis Services, a clearing house for accessing third-party compute resources and commercial software, and R Systems NA, a provider of computing resources to the commercial and academic research community, to provide cloud computing access for Mathematica users.

According to Deborah Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness, 'HPC systems remain a largely underutilised competitiveness asset in the US for the majority of companies. Opening access to HPC represents a huge productivity opportunity for the nation and a competitiveness transformation challenge.' The collaboration of Wolfram Research, Nimbis Services, and R Systems will make the transition from desktop to HPC systems easier for Mathematica users by providing efficiently structured access to larger, more powerful computing systems.

Nimbis Services will enable the Mathematica cloud service to access many diverse HPC systems, including TOP500 supercomputers and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. The Mathematica cloud computing service will provide flexible and scalable access to HPC from within Mathematica, simplifying the transition from desktop technical computing to HPC.

'The two largest challenges in using HPC are programming the HPC application itself and ensuring that you can get enough computing power to do the job,' says Tom Wickham-Jones, Wolfram Research, executive director of kernel technology. 'Mathematica answers the programming challenge by providing an integrated technical computing platform, enabling computation, visualisation, and data access. Cloud computing offers consistent access to large-scale computing capabilities. We are excited to be working with Nimbis and R Systems to offer HPC access to our customers.'

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