There’s an upstart conference on Commercial HPC coming up at the end of the month called HPC 360. Will they be able to attract Joe Businessman to come and hear about the benefits of high performance computing? Maybe, considering that they are throwing in tickets for a Big Ten tailgate party.
So that raises a bigger question about whether Commercial HPC even exists. In my mind, HPC is a never-ending journey towards infinite performance. And on this Odyssey, Commercial HPC has long been the song of the sirens for IT vendors.
The song goes something like this; sure the supercomputing market of scientists and researchers is small in the world of IT, but invest in R&D and innovate the superfast gear we want, and the Enterprise guys will soon come running with their big checkbooks.
To be fair, we can cite all kinds of examples where HPC is being used by commercial businesses. And while we tout CFD simulations on Pringles as a soon-to-be mainstream practice, the rocky waters of the HPC market continue to sink some of the most innovative companies on the planet.
In my time at Sun, we were very taken with the Song of Commercial HPC. We even went so far as sponsoring the disastrous Commercial HPC Conference & Expo back in 2002. Trust me, you weren’t there.
Is Commercial HPC really coming this time? I want to believe, but I I don’t bet with my heart. In the meantime, I’m thinking I should scrape up airfare for this show and put my money on Ohio State.