Among all the cloud-computing hype, one thing that hasn't been evident is just how far you can scale across a provider. I haven't seen any other vendor come near Amazon.com's ability to reach the massive scale that the cloud itself connotes.
Max Gorbunov from Grid Dynamics ran a 512-node Monte Carlo simulation to find out how well Amazon EC2--short for Elastic Compute Cloud--would perform. He used GridGain, a Java-based open-source grid computing infrastructure for the test.
All in all, this test clearly shows that you can utilize Amazon's massive infrastructure for high-end processing with an acceptable performance hit. And while I am sure I am oversimplifying the difficulty associated with getting this all set up, based on the development notes it seems like it was fairly easy (at least for Max.) … Read more