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From: Jacob Barhak <no email>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 03:36:00 -0600

Hi Michael,

You had nice ideas. Many beyond me.

Yet the GUI interface seems very interesting. I can certainly support this
direction. Actually I know for sure that there is a need to simplify
interfaces for HPC for a broader user community. Many users do not know
neither care what happens when they hit enter - they just want results fast
and in a way they can understand them. A GUI is a large step towards this.

Can you explain more what are you planning to do - less about the
technology - more about the functionality. What would the user see? Do you
intent to have this tool open for developers? Or can it be a service that
can be customized easily and geared towards end users with little
understanding in HPC?

I look forward for more information about these directions.


On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:05 AM, Michael Shamberger

> Hi,
> To introduce myself, I am a University of Cincinnati engineering graduate
> and will start my masters at Georgia Tech in HPC in the Spring after 15
> years of IT work.
> I am trying to see if there is interest in the following capabilities for
> StarCluster.
> - User interface - I am planning to open source a django user interface
> for StarCluster in early January. It will have a python based API and also
> provide the capability of dynamically launching web facing applications
> with starcluster providing the compute behind them.
> - Google Compute Engine - If you are not aware, GCE has launched a
> competitor service to Amazon (
> The offering is interesting because they charge by the minute after ten
> minutes intead of 1 hour and reviews say instances come up faster. This
> could potentially make your workload cheaper then even Amazon spot pricing.
> I would like to hear opinions/ideas on the best way of enabling GCE to be
> a backend cloud option to StarCluster. A fork of the boto package could do
> the job. There was already a rejected pull request last year to add GCE
> capability to boto.
> - private cloud - Run StarCluster bare metal on own hardware with
> cloudburst capability.
> - Software plugins - I am developing docker based MKL compiled software
> plugins for various HPC software stacks (SciPy, R, Bioperl, OpenFoam, etc)
> to run on top of grid workers and also plan to release those as open
> source. These packages can be notoriusly hard to compile and install
> correctly.
> Please reply to this email or send mail to me directly.
> Thanks,
> Michael Shamberger
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