Computational and analytical applications are the latest packaged and grid software offerings to make the transition over to a cloud computing model. Mathematica’s cloud computing offering is intended for its entire customer base, but will be especially appealing to power Mathematica Notebook users like scientists and engineers. These type of users often run out of compute power on their Notebooks when executing complex calculations and Mathematica in the Cloud will allow them to scale up quickly to the cloud.
Wolfram differentiates the EC2 cloud offering from its existing parallell computing offerings for gridMathematica by the fact that it is a pure Pay as You Go service and pricing will be metered and billed by compute cycles consumed. Wolfram Research has partnered with Nimbus Services for the initial rollout of the service. Nimbus will enable the Mathematica Cloud service to access differing HPC systems, such as Mosso or Flexiscale.
Mathematica is not the first major player out of the gate with a cloud based computational solution on EC2 however as Mathworks released a whitepaper with a blueprint for individuals/groups interested in running Matlab on EC2.