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Managing Cluster Complexity

HPC Cluster Success

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.

How the ‘C’ in HPC can now Stand for Cloud

HPC Cloud

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.

Break the Rules: Creating a complete HPC Solution with Cisco UCS and Bright Cluster

Bright Computing WP

Learn how a system built on Cisco UCS using Bright Cluster Manager is a complete HPC Ethernet solution that frees the IT manager, administrator, and users to focus on HPC results instead of managing a complex collection of hardware and software.

Six ways HPC Clusters Drive Design Optimization

IBM HPC Clusters

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.

How to Reap the Benefits of the Evolving HPC Cloud

HPC Cloud

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.

5 Easy Steps to a High Performance Cluster (HPC)

IBM HPC Clusters

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.

Designing a new class of racing boat with HPC

HPC Sail Boat

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.

Different Approaches to Data Storage

Guide to HPC Storage - thumb nail

This the fifth article in a series from the editors of insideHPC on HPC storage. This week we different approaches to data storage. A different approach to data protection is clearly required if the limitations of hardware-based RAID are to be overcome.

NCSA Relies on HPC to Help Manufacturers Gain a Competitive Edge

iForge Supercomputer

The National Center for Super Computing Applications (NCSA) Private Sector Program has built a readily accessible, HPC system to help manufacturing and engineering companies increase their competitiveness. NCSA’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of Tier One manufacturers.

Strategies to Ensure High Availability Storage

high availability storage

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.