CIQ launches tool it says erases limits of HPC architecture

CIQ, the company behind Rocky Linux, recently launched Fuzzball, a tool that it said for the first time “unifies the power of infrastructure optimized for all performance intensive computing (PIC) workloads like sophisticated research, scientific modeling, AI/ML and compute and data analytics with the agility and choice that enterprises have come to expect with hyperscale cloud computing.”

High-performance computing (HPC), it added, “has been limited by an antiquated and rigid 30-year-old architecture. Until the advent of Performance-Intensive Computing as a Service (PICaaS), users were restricted to expensive, on-premises, monolithic deployments requiring dedicated administration and maintenance.

“PICaaS brought HPC to the cloud, but until Fuzzball there was no way to unify these two worlds and allow workloads to run in the place that makes the most sense for researchers and the organizations that empower them.”

Gregory Kurtzer, CEO of CIQ and founder of open-source projects Rocky Linux, Apptainer (formerly Singularity) and Warewulf, said the tool “reimagines the foundations of performance-intensive computing, drawing from innovations in both HPC and modern cloud-scale computing.”

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