Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
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RAPPORT: running scientific high-performance computing applications on the cloud

Jeremy Cohen

Jeremy Cohen

Department of Computing, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Ioannis Filippis

Ioannis Filippis

Bioinformatics Support Service, CISBIO, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Mark Woodbridge

Mark Woodbridge

Bioinformatics Support Service, CISBIO, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Daniela Bauer

Daniela Bauer

Department of Physics, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Neil Chue Hong

Neil Chue Hong

Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK

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Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK

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Sarah Butcher

Sarah Butcher

Bioinformatics Support Service, CISBIO, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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David Colling

David Colling

Department of Physics, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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John Darlington

John Darlington

Department of Computing, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Brian Fuchs

Brian Fuchs

Department of Computing, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Imperial College HPC Service, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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    Cloud computing infrastructure is now widely used in many domains, but one area where there has been more limited adoption is research computing, in particular for running scientific high-performance computing (HPC) software. The Robust Application Porting for HPC in the Cloud (RAPPORT) project took advantage of existing links between computing researchers and application scientists in the fields of bioinformatics, high-energy physics (HEP) and digital humanities, to investigate running a set of scientific HPC applications from these domains on cloud infrastructure. In this paper, we focus on the bioinformatics and HEP domains, describing the applications and target cloud platforms. We conclude that, while there are many factors that need consideration, there is no fundamental impediment to the use of cloud infrastructure for running many types of HPC applications and, in some cases, there is potential for researchers to benefit significantly from the flexibility offered by cloud platforms.

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