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Convergence of HPC and the Enterprise Computing

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Both large-scale environments and scale-out workloads (such as Big Data) are becoming more important in the enterprise. In fact, with the rise of Big Data, the advent of affordable, powerful clusters, and strategies that take advantage of commodity systems for scale-out applications, these days the enterprise computing environment is looking a lot like HPC.

Virtualization in the Cloud

HPC Cloud

One of the best ways to realize the full performance benefits of virtualization is to make it available through a private cloud. The VMware vCloud Suite realizes operational efficiency through policy-driven operations. By providing simplified operations management, the cloud solution drives greater resource utilization and staff productivity.

Software Defined Data Center

Software Defined Data Center FI

The software defined data center is the underlying data center architecture that allows most IT infrastructure to be defined in software and to function as enterprise-wide resources. This approach enables ITaaS to be delivered in a virtualized environment with greater agility, speed and quality of service.

HPC Virtualization and Workload Agility

HPC Workload Agility

Virtualization allows workloads to be compartmentalized in their own VM in order to take full advantage of the underlying parallelism of today’s multicore, heterogeneous HPC systems without compromising security. This approach is particularly beneficial for organizations centralizing multiple groups on to a shared cluster or for teams with security issues – for example, a life sciences environment where access to genomic data needs to be restricted to specific researchers.

HPC Virtualization and Secure Private Cloud

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This article is the third in an editorial series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting HPC virtualization and secure private cloud technologies. Virtualization has been proven to be a viable architectural approach that addresses the many challenges mentioned in last week’s article. This week and next we look at the benefits of creating a virtualized infrastructure.

Challenges on the Road to HPC Virtualization

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Although both the enterprise and HPC can benefit from virtualization, the two have had dissimilar requirements. This article is the second in an editorial series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting HPC virtualization and cloud technologies.

insideHPC Guide to Virtualization, Cloud and HPC

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Over the past several years, virtualization has made major inroads into enterprise IT infrastructures. And now it is moving into the realm of high performance computing (HPC), especially for such compute intensive applications as electronic design automation (EDA), life sciences, financial services and digital media entertainment. This article is the first in a series that explores the benefits the HPC community can achieve by adopting proven virtualization and cloud technologies.

Why Virtualizing HPC Makes Good Sense

Charles Llewellyn

In some areas of HPC, virtualization can actually boost performance by allowing better coupling of CPU to memory and by helping applications that do not scale well vertically but do scale horizontally.