The CloudLightning project is pleased to announce the launch of a free open online course High Performance Computing in the Cloud, developed in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) and Dublin City University.


Hosted on FutureLearn, the course will provide an advanced graduate-level introduction to using cloud computing for high-performance computing workloads. It will cover a wide range of topics from cloud architecture and infrastructure supporting HPC to the business opportunities that are enabled by HPC in the cloud.


Designed to be relevant to anyone with an interest in HPC in the cloud, over 550 people have already signed up for the first run of the course which will begin on 29th January 2018. Those enrolled can expect to be able to:

  • Discuss the range of activities associated with HPC and with Cloud Computing
  • Describe the differences in ethos between HPC and Cloud
  • Describe how the HPC and Cloud design spaces can be merged
  • Identify the challenges of supporting high-performance hardware in the cloud
  • Report on how the cloud is evolving to become heterogeneous
  • Explain the challenges associated with Resource Management at scale
  • Discuss various techniques for Service Orchestration in the cloud
  • Reflect on the advantages of using self-organization for Resource Management at scale
  • Reflect on how successfully HPC workloads are being supported in the cloud


The course will be delivered by the CloudLightning consortium, a group of European academics in computer science from universities in Ireland, the UK, Greece, Romania, and Norway with real-world examples from industry leaders.


To enrol or for further information visit


About CloudLightning

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation, CloudLightning brings together eight project partners from five countries across Europe.


The project proposes to create a new way of provisioning heterogeneous cloud resources to deliver services, specified by the user, using a bespoke service description language.


The goal is to address energy inefficiencies particularly in the use of resources and consequently to deliver savings to the cloud provider and the cloud consumer in terms of reduced power consumption and improved service delivery, with hyperscale systems particularly in mind.


About Future Learn

Future Learn is a social learning platform founded in 2012 and funded by The Open University. It offers over 5 million learners with free online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council, Creative Skillset and European Space Agency.

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Eimear Brady

Communications Officer

Dublin City University

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01-7005656/ 087-2604085


Prepared and edited by @EdinaZejnilovic, Journalism Student at DCU

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