Technical Computing and High Performance Computing (HPC) are becoming mainstream: today’s workstations offer the computing power of supercomputers from 10 years ago; compute clusters are more user friendly; and Technical Computing as a Service, in the Cloud, is coming up the horizon. And for a very good reason: the benefits of using HPC are manifold: such as enormous cost savings; reducing product failure during design, development, and production; developing optimized processes; achieving higher quality products; and shortening the time to market. Potentially, all this can lead to increased competitiveness and innovation.
On the other hand, desktop computers are often too slow for the problems you want to solve, or because geometry or physics are too complex and need more memory than is available from your desktop. Compute clusters require sophisticated procurement and come with high Total Cost of Ownership. And Computing in the Cloud is often still not mature enough, despite the great benefits it can offer.
Already after the first year the UberCloud Community counted 80 software providers, like ANSYS, Autodesk, Bright Computing, CADFEM, Ciespace, Cloudyn, Cycle Computing, Dacolt, ELEKS, ESI, Fidesys,Kuava, NICE Software, Ozen Engineering, SimScale, Simulia, Univa, and many more. These independent software vendors (ISVs) joined the UberCloud Community mainly because of the UberCloud Experiments, and together with end-users and resource providers jointly explored different cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) models. Successively now they are also joining the UberCloud Marketplace, opening their own marketplace stores, and adding software related products to their stores.
An interesting feature article especially for ISVs about software licensing in the cloud appeared in the July 2014 issue of the Software Magazine: Software License Evolution – As software moves to the cloud, license management must adapt.