Basic Training

Here you’ll find answers to the basic questions about high performance computing to help you get your head around the concepts and start to build up your own knowledge base.

What is high performance computing, or HPC, anyway?

HPC is not just for giant companies and rocket scientists anymore. Find out what the basic concepts are, what makes a computer high performance in the first place, and some of the terms you’ll need to know as you start your journey.

What can HPC do for my business?

Once you’ve gotten your head around what HPC is you might find yourself wondering whether it applies to you. After all, if you’re not building rocket engines or working on a design for a new airplane or car, you might think that HPC doesn’t have much to offer you. The first step in deciding whether HPC can help you grow your business is to answer this question: “How could my business grow if I had access to 100x more computing power?”

HPC sounds complicated. Can I get help?

HPC isn’t necessarily complicated, but there are a lot of concepts to master all at once, and getting all of the moving pieces coordinated into a healthy, functioning system that adds value to your business can be difficult. Fortunately, there are resources out there for just about every comfort level.

Is HPC going to cost me a fortune?

It could, but it doesn’t have to. The key is buying as much machine as you need, and no more. You can purchase and install a very capable small high performance computer for $10,000, or even less in some cases. In this article we talk about what price range you are looking at, and how you can figure out how much computer you really need.