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Alces Flight: Build your self-service supercomputer in minutes

We are excited to announce that Alces Flight has made hundreds of science and HPC applications available in the AWS Marketplace, making it easy for any researcher to spin up any size High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster in the AWS Cloud.

In the past, researchers often had to wait in line for the computing power for scientific discovery. With Alces Flight, you can take your compute projects from 0 to 60 in a few minutes. Researchers and scientists can quickly spin up multiple nodes with pre-installed compilers, libraries, and hundreds of scientific computing applications. Flight comes with a catalog of more than 750 built-in scientific computing applications, libraries and versions, covering nearly everything from engineering, chemistry and genomics, to statistics and remote sensing.

After designing and managing hundreds of HPC workflows for national and academic supercomputing centers in the United Kingdom, Alces built and validated HPC workflows tailored to researchers and automated applications built for supercomputing centers. They are now making that catalog available in the AWS Marketplace.

Take Flight today with AWS & Alces Flight

The Alces Flight portfolio of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings provides researchers with on-demand HPC clusters or ‘self-service supercomputers’ in minutes. With hundreds of science and HPC apps available in the AWS Marketplace, Alces Flight helps you automatically create a research-ready environment that complements Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) resources in the AWS Cloud.

Researchers get:

  • Instant access to a popular catalog of hundreds of HPC and scientific computing apps that rival those available at supercomputing centers.
  • Access to HPC clusters available for use any time, from anywhere, at virtually any scale, and at the lowest possible cost with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances pricing.
  • Instant on-demand access to powerful scientific computing tools that make global collaboration easy.

Read more about this announcement on Jeff Barr’s blog here. And get started and see the Alces Flight portfolio of apps in the AWS Marketplace.