[Beowulf] Belle Monte-Carlo production on the Amazon EC2 cloud

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Thu May 14 01:22:02 EDT 2009

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago Martin Sevior and Tom Ffield of the
University of Melbourne did a talk at VPAC called
"Belle Monte-Carlo production on the Amazon EC2 cloud"
based on a paper they'd presented at the International
Conference of Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics.

The presentation is now available on the VPAC website here:


It's all about testing Amazon EC2 for Monte Carlo
production for the SuperBelle experiment at the KEK
collider in Japan.

My favourite comment is that for a real full production
run on Amazon EC2 to be useful it would need to be able
to return data from S3 to the KEK collider at 600MB/s
(~4.7Gb/s) sustained.

I don't know what Amazon would say to that - well, apart
from maybe "no". :-)

Christopher Samuel - (03) 9925 4751 - Systems Manager
 The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 P.O. Box 201, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia
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