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Over the past decade, high performance applications have embraced parallel programming and computing models. While parallel computing offers advantages such as good utilization of dedicated hardware resources, it also has several drawbacks such as poor fault-tolerance, scalability, and ability to harness available resources during run-time. The advent of cloud computing presents a viable and promising alternative to parallel computing because of its advantages in offering a distributed computing model. In this paper, the authors establish directives that serve as guidelines for the design and implementation or identification of a suitable cloud computing framework to build or convert a high performance application to run in the cloud.
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