A Case for Dual Stack Virtualization: Consolidating HPC and Commodity Applications in the Cloud
With the growth of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud providers, many have begun to seriously consider cloud services as a substrate for HPC applications. While the cloud promises many benefits for the HPC community, it currently does not come without drawbacks for application performance. These performance issues are generally the result of resource contention as multiple VMs compete for the same hardware. This contention culminates in cross VM interference whereby one VM is able to impact the performance of another. For HPC applications this interference can have a dramatic impact on scalability and performance.