back to article A closer look at Harvard and Google's HPC heart research project

Google is working with Harvard University on a medical research program using public cloud resources rather than a supercomputer to run very large scale simulations.. The research in question involves simulations for a novel approach to unclogging arteries in tackling heart disease. The complexity of the simulations and the …

  1. Korev Silver badge

    But the big question is whether running such massive simulation workloads in the cloud is more cost effective than simply booking time on a supercomputer or building an on-premise HPC cluster for it. Neither Google nor Harvard were prepared to disclose costs, however, which suggests to us that it isn't cheap. ®

    If it's a collaboration then there's a strong chance that Google are giving them cheap or free compute time. I can see that's a precedent that Google maybe wouldn't too keen on continuing...

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      If they can prove the concept others might be willing to pay for the same service.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Yup they want to be the gatekeeper for all research using HPC.

        And so do Microsoft and Amazon with similair offerrings and "collaborations" going on.

        Once they get people dependent they can start jacking up prices.

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