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Understanding the Determinants and Future Challenges of Cloud Computing Adoption for High Performance Computing

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Irish Institute of Digital Business, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, D09 Dublin, Ireland
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All the authors contributed equally to this work.
This paper is an extension of a paper originally presented at the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-51). A second supplemental study has been added.
Future Internet 2020, 12(8), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12080135
Received: 14 July 2020 / Revised: 3 August 2020 / Accepted: 5 August 2020 / Published: 11 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cloud-Native Applications and Services)
High performance computing (HPC) is widely recognized as a key enabling technology for advancing scientific progress, industrial competitiveness, national and regional security, and the quality of human life. Notwithstanding this contribution, the large upfront investment and technical expertise required has limited the adoption of HPC to large organizations, government bodies, and third level institutions. Recent advances in cloud computing and telecommunications have the potential to overcome the historical issues associated with HPC through increased flexibility and efficiency, and reduced capital and operational expenditure. This study seeks to advance the literature on technology adoption and assimilation in the under-examined HPC context through a mixed methods approach. Firstly, the determinants of cloud computing adoption for HPC are examined through a survey of 121 HPC decision makers worldwide. Secondly, a modified Delphi method was conducted with 13 experts to identify and prioritize critical issues in the adoption of cloud computing for HPC. Results from the quantitative phase suggest that only organizational and human factors significantly influence cloud computing adoption decisions for HPC. While security was not identified as a significant influencer in adoption decisions, qualitative research findings suggest that data privacy and security issues are an immediate and long-term concern. View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud computing; high performance computing; HPC; technology adoption models; HPC in the cloud cloud computing; high performance computing; HPC; technology adoption models; HPC in the cloud
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Lynn, T.; Fox, G.; Gourinovitch, A.; Rosati, P. Understanding the Determinants and Future Challenges of Cloud Computing Adoption for High Performance Computing. Future Internet 2020, 12, 135. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12080135

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Lynn T, Fox G, Gourinovitch A, Rosati P. Understanding the Determinants and Future Challenges of Cloud Computing Adoption for High Performance Computing. Future Internet. 2020; 12(8):135. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12080135

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Lynn, Theo; Fox, Grace; Gourinovitch, Anna; Rosati, Pierangelo. 2020. "Understanding the Determinants and Future Challenges of Cloud Computing Adoption for High Performance Computing" Future Internet 12, no. 8: 135. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12080135

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