02/08/2022 - 00:00

Are you getting the most from your cloud provider?

02/08/2022 - 00:00


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Are you getting the most from your cloud provider?

In today’s data-centric world, high-performance computing (HPC) is playing an increasingly crucial role beyond its historical research and scientific settings. Commonly used by researchers who require the data-crunching ability of supercomputers, HPC is now gaining traction among enterprises spanning industries from artificial intelligence and financial risk modelling to defence and space.

All areas of contemporary research require access to advanced computing capabilities such as big data, data science and HPC,” said Professor Andrew Rohl, Head of the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Curtin University.

Cloud-centric architectures introduce a new approach to problem-solving by driving collaboration and digital dexterity—expediting time to market and helping organisations gain a competitive edge.

However, adopting a cloud-centric approach to your computing needs isn’t always a straightforward process. For any organisation embarking on a digital transformation journey, its long-term success might often boil down to the crucial first step of selecting a suitable cloud provider. One that truly understands your business needs can ensure the successful integration, rollout, and use of a cloud within your organisation.

While large public and private cloud providers claim to offer comprehensive services, they often only supply the infrastructure. You may be left to equip yourself with your own software and an extensive skill set in code onboarding and optimisation, job queuing, file sharing, and security in order to effectively leverage the HPC system. These often lead to hidden costs borne by you.

Experienced Australian provider offers client-centred, cloud-based HPC solutions.

With over 19 years of international experience, Perth-headquartered DUG Technology (DUG) designs, owns and operates a network of some of the largest and greenest supercomputing installations on Earth.

DUG offers private, cloud-based HPC as a service (HPCaaS)—pure performance in a secure, fully provisioned and fully supported environment. DUG’s differentiated capability in HPCaaS offers users a complete stack. This includes high-speed networks with low latency, innovative solid-state-drive-based storage systems and professional services such as code onboarding and optimisation, algorithm development, predictive analytics and modelling, and on-demand software support—all tailored to your specific computing requirements.

DUG’s HPCaaS includes not only support for the infrastructure but also bespoke end-user support for domain-specific workflows. This unique service includes benchmarking, tuning, and testing to ensure you’re using optimal hardware and benefiting from efficient and effective use of the platform. This offering also provides greater system flexibility by dynamically allocating resources for each task while maximising productivity, without the need for dedicated hardware resources per application. Ultimately, you only pay for the capacity you utilise, without any upfront capital investment.

Running your workflows at DUG leverages the company’s patented immersion-cooling technology, DUG Cool. The green technology uses 85% less synthetic refrigerants and reduces the power consumption of computer hardware by up to 51%—DUG also fulfils the remaining power requirements of its hardware with renewable energy. Those are significant numbers concerning both their economic and environmental outcomes and have helped fuel decarbonisation efforts across many industries. For instance, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) highlighted in their Sustainability Statement the power-saving benefits of DUG Cool, which helped reduce their carbon footprint and meet environmental, social, and governance requirements.

Benefit from tailored, efficient HPC solutions.

Whether it’s cost-effectively accelerating the delivery of commercial projects, or providing the right tools for researchers to rapidly prototype novel big-data workflows, the experts at DUG are wholly committed to client success.

DUG recently entered into an agreement with LatConnect 60, an Australian smart-satellite provider, to help enable their earth-observation analytics services. HPCaaS experts at DUG provided bespoke professional services, such as code onboarding and optimisation, migrated terabytes of satellite imagery data to DUG’s HPC environment, and processed it in a fraction of the time.

CEO of LatConnect 60 Venkat Pillay said: The team and I at LatConnect 60 have been thoroughly impressed by the speed and scale at which DUG’s HPC offering has been able to support our agriculture analytics services. Data-processing tasks which took us weeks in the past can now be completed in a few hours. This is a game-changing development for us.

In the healthcare sector, WA-based Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research investigates the diseases that most affect our families in the WA community and the world at large. Their research workflows mainly involve bioinformatics, characterised by complex and unconventional data-processing techniques. DUG’s tailored HPC solution enabled Harry Perkins bioinformaticians to store, process, and analyse data their way. This step-change in HPC capabilities has helped them reduce project lifecycles and accelerate the translation of their life-saving research.

"Trusting the technology to the experts at DUG, we can now get back to our number one priority—saving lives," said Professor Alistair Forrest, Associate Director - Scientific Strategy at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

You may choose to work independently or collaborate with DUG’s team of world-class research scientists, mathematicians, and software engineers who are available to help get your project up and running quickly and cost-efficiently.

DUG’s unique and green cloud services allow you to focus on your science goals and support your broader range of business applications—everything you need to be successful.

DUG has a focus on:

  • Sovereign capability.
  • Green computing to ensure a positive impact on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) footprint.
  • Data and cyber security.
  • Australian-based dedicated HPC Support.
  • Domain-specific expertise.

To learn more about DUG’s #PowerfulThinking, please email info@dug.com.


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