Introducing the HPC Cloud
Cyclone™ is the world's first large scale on-demand cloud computing service specifically dedicated to technical applications. Cyclone capitalizes on over twenty years of SGI HPC expertise to address the growing science and engineering technical markets that rely on extremely high-end computational hardware, software and networking equipment to achieve rapid results. Cyclone supports a number of leading applications partners and five technical domains, including computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, computational chemistry and materials, computational biology and ontologies.
Two Service Models
Cyclone is available in two service models: Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). With SaaS, Cyclone customers can significantly reduce time to results by accessing leading-edge open source applications and best-of-breed commercial software platforms from top Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The IaaS model enables customers to install and run their own applications.
Applications Domain Expertise
With Software as a Service, Cyclone delivers access to leading-edge open source applications and best-of-breed commercial software platforms from top Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Supported applications in these domains include OpenFOAM®, NUMECA, Acusolve, LS-Dyna®, Gaussian, Gamess, NAMD, Gromacs, LAMMPS, BLAST, FASTA; HMMER, ClustalW and OntoStudio.
Technical Computing Requires a Dedicated Cloud
The SGI technology at Cyclone's core is comprised of some of the world's fastest supercomputing hardware architectures, including Intel® Xeon® and Itanium® processors-based SGI® Altix® scale-up, Altix® ICE scale-out and Altix® XE hybrid clusters. The hybrid architecture offers either NVIDIA® Tesla GPUs or AMD FireStream™ GPU Compute Accelerators, both for floating point double precision; Tilera accelerators are supported for integer workloads. High performance SGI InfiniteStorage systems are available for scratch space and for long-term archival of customer data.
At the system software level, Cyclone offers a flexible computing environment with the choice of SUSE® or Red Hat® Linux® operating systems, further performance-optimized through the addition of SGI® ProPack™. Altair PBS Professional® and SGI® ISLE™ Cluster Manager provide system scheduling and management.