Emu – Cluster in the Cloud

Emu – Cluster in the Cloud
December 16, 2014 Theresa McGinley

With the Emu cluster in the cloud, it is now easy for researchers to use the Australian Research Cloud for computational work such as simulation, modeling and data processing, in the same way they use high-performance computers such as TANGO HPC.

How do clusters in the cloud work?

The idea behind a “cluster in the cloud” is to enable users to interface to cloud compute resources as though they were a compute cluster with a standard job submission system.  Emu is the cluster that has been developed by eRSA to use the Nectar Australian Research Cloud.

How to access the Emu cluster in the cloud

Any researcher with an eRSA account can use the Emu cluster in the cloud through a shared cloud resource allocation, for small-scale computing requirements.

Researchers with larger compute requirements can request an allocation of compute cores on the Australian Research Cloud, and then follow the instructions in the Emu user guide to enable dedicated access to that compute resource for their research group. It’s just like having their own dedicated cluster, but without having to set it up and run it.

If you would like assistance in using the Australian Research Cloud and clusters in the cloud, contact us at servicedesk@ersa.edu.au

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