The high performance computing (HPC) concept is simple—massive workloads that would take far too long for a single computer to process are distributed across clusters of inexpensive commodity servers. With multiple computers working on the task at once, complex problems and ideas can be processed quickly and efficiently.
HPC allows individuals and organizations to turn their ideas into real results. High performance computing has already produced some amazing results in many different industries, including aerospace engineering, genetic and molecular research, green energy providers, and business. In all of these examples, the data that need to be processed is often too large and complex to be handled by any one machine.
One recent example of HPC in action is NASA’s use of two high performance computing clusters (named Nebula and Galaxy) to calculate the landing of the Mars rover, Curiosity. Because of the sheer number of variables and computations that were necessary to complete a successful landing sequence during the “seven minutes of terror,” NASA engineers relied on HPC to get the answers they needed quickly.
In addition to being powerful, HPC is also accessible and flexible—organizations can add or remove clusters as needed. In this way, more organizations have access to the kind of processing power that this type of computing affords.
HPC truly does harness the power of supercomputing for everyone. Through this technology, individuals and organizations are able to solve their most complex problems and make the world a better place to live for people everywhere.
Brian Jensen works with Dell. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with his family. He has a passion for learning and writing about all things technology. For more information on Dell’s High Performance Computing Services, visit Dell.co.uk.