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Risks and rewards of moving applications to the cloud – a white paper

We have recently come across an interesting discussion group called “Cloudusecases.org”. It has published two white papers titled “Cloud Computing Use Cases White Paper” and “Moving to the Cloud – Risks and rewards of moving applications to the cloud“. Both papers are very interesting and informative. Especially the second one suggests the following very straight […]

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First Desktop-to-Cloud Job Execution

Minor success! This past week we ran our first real-world experiment on EC2 using the under-development D2C tool. The desktop tool transformed VirtualBox 64bit Ubuntu images to AMIs and launched 4 EC2 instances. Manual intervention was required to start the actual program conducting the experiment, as “auto launch” is not yet an implemented feature of […]

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Creating a 64 bit EC2 Image

Recently a researcher we are working with gave me an VirtualBox image to deploy on EC2 with the fledgling “Desktop-to-Cloud” tool. Discovering that it was 64bit, I had some additional work on my hands. Up until now the migration tool had assumed all source images are 32bit. No problem, I thought, there should only be […]

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VM to EC2 Migration Lessons

The following are a few lessons learned about migrating a VM to EC2 in the past 2 weeks. These notes are particular to dealing with an Ubuntu VirtualBox image. Hopefully they will provide some tips/guidance to others who are undertaking the same task. 1. Transforming a VM image on OSX can be very cumbersome / […]

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Desktop to Cloud Introduction

Scientists and researchers may develop number-crunching programs on a personal machine, but lack the technical means to scale the architecture to deal with meaningful datasets efficiently. I would like to introduce the “Desktop to Cloud”, a project recently begun that aims to address roadblock. Our goal is to provide tools that push and expand an […]

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