If you open the back of today’s HPC cluster you will see lots of cables. There are any number of cables including those for power, Ethernet, InfiniBand , Fibre Channel, KVM, and others. The current situation creates the need for complex configuration and administration.
Most IaaS (infrastructure as a service) vendors such as Rackspace, Amazon and Savvis use various virtualization technologies to manage the underlying hardware they build their offerings on. Unfortunately the virtualization technologies used vary from vendor to vendor and are sometimes kept secret. Therefore, the question about virtual machines versus physical machines for high performance computing (HPC) applications is germane to any discussion of HPC in the cloud.
Tighter budgets and a stricter regulatory climate are dictating the need for smaller product envelopes and new material choices. Engineers are tasked with these demands against a backdrop of fewer resources and shrinking time-to-market cycles. Now, you’ll learn how advanced simulation software can dramatically shorten the design phase by allowing engineers to virtually optimize and validate new ideas earlier in the process, minimizing the expense of building physical prototypes and streamlining real-world testing.
In such a demanding and dynamic HPC environment, Cloud Computing technologies, whether deployed as a private cloud or in conjunction with a public cloud, represent a powerful approach to managing technical computing resources. Now, learn how breaking down internal compute silos, by masking underlying HPC complexity to the scientist-clinician researcher user community, and by providing transparency and control to IT managers, cloud computing strategies and tools help organizations of all sizes effectively manage their HPC assets and growing compute workloads that consume them.
Engineers are being asked to do more in less time to meet ever-tightening time-to-market schedules. To do so, they need to accelerate design by making use of advanced engineering software. However, such software requires computing processing power not available in a typical engineering workstation. Learn how a cluster can deliver aggregated computing power from its many processors with many cores to meet the processing demands of more complex engineering software, and therefore deliver results faster than individual workstations.
Emirates Team New Zealand needed a high-performance computing (HPC) environment to design a new class of multihull boats for the 2013 America’s Cup competition. The HPC horsepower was essential to design and build two massive 72-foot catamarans for racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series and the America’s Cup finals.
System availability has become an increasing concern as high capacity drives have come to market in recent years. While availability has not traditionally been a chief concern in HPC, it has now become of paramount importance. Large capacity drives expose systems to multiple-day rebuild times and extended periods of vulnerability to data loss using traditional hardware based RAID.