Flood Modelling for Cities Using Cloud Computing
Urban flood risk modeling is a highly topical example of intensive computational processing. Such processing is increasingly required by a range of organizations including local government, engineering consultancies and the insurance industry to fulfill statutory requirements and provide professional services. As the demands for this type of work become more common, then ownership of high-end computational resources is warranted but if use is more sporadic and with tight deadlines then the use of Cloud computing could provide a cost-effective alternative. However, uptake of the Cloud by such organizations is often thwarted by the perceived technical barriers to entry. In this paper, the authors present an architecture that helps to simplify the process of performing parameter sweep work on an Infrastructure as a Service Cloud.