PGS Chief Enterprise Architect Louis Bailleul and Google's Maciej Rozacki recently presented at the Google Cloud Next ’22 event in Munich on the PGS journey into cloud-based supercomputing. In his latest Industry Insights post, Andrew Long examines the “move and improve” journey PGS has undertaken from on-premise Cray supercomputers to a GKE supercomputer in the cloud.
At peak capability, PGS is using the GKE supercomputer running in the Google Cloud Platform with a hypothetical 72.02 petaFLOPS capability, equivalent to the world's 7th largest computer.
Citing various examples, Andrew points to both the flexibility and the sustainability merits of this approach; Google Cloud Platform is powered by 97% carbon-free energy. Although adapting to the cloud is cost-efficient, it is a significant engineering undertaking, he explains.