Why the HPC Cloud Standards Are Crucial for the Development of the 21st Century Workforce

Earl Dodd, Ideas And Machines, Inc.

Standards (even defacto standards) are crucial and necessary for the HPC cloud computing model to become accepted acrossindustries.

The challenge today is the basic lack of unifying global standards - none that address the systems-of-systems extensiveness and expressiveness of cloud computing. Not only is HPC and data consumed within technical and business silos, so are the existing standards bodies siloed by defining only the "piece parts" of what eventually makes up the cloud computing interoperability paradigm.

By examining real-life industry examples (the petroleum and medical industries), we will explore the challenges created by the lacking of cohesive standards and the inherent dangers, costs and inefficiencies that lead to waste. We will address fundamental questions like: Why are cloud standards important to this industry? How is this related to building a skilled workforce? And what is specific for the HPC Cloud?

How is the US and NSF (National Science Foundation) working to engage industry to actively solve this challenge? One initiative is called CAC@TTU. Efforts are underway at Texas Tech University (TTU) and their new Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center (CAC) that is chartered to accelerate the definition or refinement of cloud standards by offering an innovative public-private partnership (lead by the energy industry, not by academia) to foster fertile research and deployment models for cloud standards identification, development and efficacy. A key benefit of this industry-lead partnership will be to build the necessary skills base (i.e., the instruction material, the professors and students) to train the workforce of the future to make maximum use of clouds and HPC.

Finally, given a perfect world, how would one envision it with unifying global cloud standards? We will sketch out a "perfect world" scenario for each industry example given by focusing on what makes it work, how this was accomplished and the resulting business model change(s) leveraging the HPC cloud.