Speeding Up Scientific Computation in Astrophysics with Amazon Web Services
Astrophysics has just entered a new era where computational power (parallel and distributed) and state-of-the-art technology are mandatory as off the-shelf tools for daily activity. In this talk we focus on two scenarios in which AWS services (Amazon EC2, Amazon SQS, AWS Lambda, and Amazon S3) have greatly improved project performance. In the first, we explore the use of EC2 coupled with AWS Lambda in heavily parallelized CUDA based simulations to design innovative instrumentation in search for life on extrasolar planets. Next, we dive into serverless HTC architecture used to create simulations of astrophysical sources such as astronomical high energy gamma rays. You’ll leave understanding how these architectures propelled innovation and decreased execution times all while optimizing overall cost.

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