Future Of High Performance Computing

March 13, 2018

Picture18High-Performance Computing (HPC), or supercomputing, is a critical enabling capability for many industries, including energy, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and more. However, one of the most important aspects of HPC is that HPC is not only an enabler, it is often also a differentiator – a fundamental means of gaining a competitive advantage.

INDUSTRIES GETTING BENEFIT with HPC & THEIR  IMPACT

  • Healthcare and Medicine
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Security
  • Fintech and Engineering
  • Materials and manufacturing industries
  • faster - complete calculations in a shorter time;
  • more - complete more computations in a given amount of time;
  • better - undertake more complex computations;
  • cheaper - deliver computations at a lower cost;
  • confidence - increase the confidence in the results of the computations; and
  • impact - effectively exploiting the results of the computations in the business.

These are all powerful business benefits, enabling quicker and better decision making, reducing the cost of business operations, better understanding risk, supporting safety, etc.

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT WITH HPC

However, there is a marked trend of an increase in diversity of technology options over the last few years, with all signs that this is set to continue for the next few years. This includes breaking the near-ubiquity of Intel Xeon processors, the use of many-core processors for the compute elements, increasing complexity (and choice) of the data storage (memory) and movement (interconnect) hierarchies of HPC systems, new choices in software layers, new processor architectures, etc.

This means that unless your code is adjusted to effectively exploit the architecture of your HPC system, your code may not run faster at all on the newer system.

It also means HPC clusters proving themselves where custom supercomputers might have previously been the only option, and custom supercomputers delivering value where commodity clusters might have previously been the default.

PREDICTIONS FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

 

  1. HYBRID HPC Will Be More Accessible Than Ever

HPC resources needed to be rented or scheduled through a dedicated HPC environment. Few organizations outside of academia and national research labs had the capabilities to do this. However, HPC technologies are becoming more prevalent within commercial enterprise data centers, explains Brett Goodwin, VP of marketing at a digital asset storage company.

  1. Market diversification will be the new standard

The biggest challenges of HPC is the sector’s vast array of opportunities, that being the diversification of solutions and technologies. As HPC becomes more accessible and mainstream, new vendors will continue to arise. The flip side of having more options? Interoperability will become a major challenge and consideration for companies looking to upgrade their technologies with zero hiccups. It will continue to grow out of research and academia but become more pervasive in financial services, oil and gas, and manufacturing and [will] be consumed as a service,” Vanlandingham concluded. “Most organizations don’t have the resources or budget to develop HPC capabilities in their IT organizations but could benefit from these architectures. I believe that aspects of HPC will move to the cloud and is not immune to this technology trend.”

 

     3. HPC needs will enter new sectors

When it comes to the future of technology, the outlook has never been less clear. Many industries still have to catch up to do – especially those that don’t have their roots in technology. Soon banks and the media industry will come into play as the need for higher processing speeds becomes a make-or-break issue in the customer service paradigm. there will be a surge in demand from organizations that need tools and technology to jump-start their businesses and get to work. Emerging markets will need to upgrade their infrastructures too. This uptick will be beneficial for providers and consultants in the HPC space.

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