Today HP announced a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a provider of open source software for building private and hybrid enterprise clouds.
“In terms of the hardware, one of the biggest successes surely was to make the Intel Xeon Phi boot via the Extoll network. This might not sound so special, but for the DEEP project it is – because this basically is the essential milestone for proving our architectural concept: The Cluster-Booster approach. In traditional heterogeneous architectures the accelerators cannot boot without a host CPU. Our aim was to develop a cluster – made up of usual CPUs – and a booster – made up of accelerators – that can both act autonomously while being interconnected via two networks.”
“A decade ago, HPC may have indeed been primarily associated with big supercomputers. However, the computer industry has delivered enormous increases in computing speed and power at consistently lower costs. Think about more compute cores per CPU, integrated I/O on processor die (yielding higher memory bandwidth), more and faster memory (channels), larger L3 cache size, faster disk storage (like solid-state drives for ANSYS Mechanical), faster interconnects, AVX support, etc. Through these advances made I can counter this myth #1 by stating that HPC is today available throughout the entire computer spectrum.”
Recent announcements, analyst reports, conferences and anecdotal evidence point to a certain upswing for high performance computing in industry. Many industries have reaped the benefit of HPC for considerable time and are now stepping up a gear with their systems – some even on a par with national facilities, in order to maintain or extend their advantage. Whether in upstream exploration, engine design or aerodynamics – if you can scale up or scale out, you can derive advantage.