high-performance computing


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high-performance computing

High-speed computing. Originally pertaining only to supercomputers for scientific research, high-performance computing (HPC) migrated to the business world with racks of high-speed servers in the datacenter.

Also associated with high-performance computing are "clustering" and "high availability." Clusters refer to multiple computers tied together for greater speed and capacity, and high availability provides a certain degree of fault tolerance. The HPC term has also been used by gamers as a label for the latest high-speed CPU or graphics card. See supercomputer, clustering, high availability, gaming PC and Xeon Phi.
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Indeed, some of the fastest growing research endeavors are in fields that would not even exist without the advent of high-performance computing, such as bioinformatics and on-demand medical modeling being done in real time in surgical operating theaters.
Hayes of Ohio State University in Columbus recommended that NSF stage a new competition to select sites for high-performance computing centers.
Fibre Channel technology at 4Gbps is very important to high-performance computing users and Engenio will be an early provider," said Steve Gardner, Engenio Director of Product Marketing.
They are developed and sold by some of the traditional high-performance computing vendors, such as IBM, high volume PC manufacturers, such as Dell and HP, and a new breed of cluster computing vendors that includes LinuxNetworks, Rackable Systems and RackSaver.
COLSA installed a 32-processor SGI Origin 3400 server in April and a 64- processor SGI Origin 3800 server in September to support the ground-based Midcourse Defense elements and the High-Performance Computing Center at the ARC.
A particular focus of these efforts will be to demonstrate the merits of Windows-based "vertical scaling"--running applications in a single, expandable environment--for high-performance computing solutions.
From the start of the JSF program in the 1990s, SGI advanced visualization and high-performance computing technologies have been instrumental in helping Lockheed Martin generate the most cost-effective, risk-free and performance-driven designs possible for this stealthy next-generation multirole strike fighter," said Tony Celeste, national director of defense business, SGI Federal.
The technical and engineering computing needs of our customers continues to grow rapidly and there is a significant market opportunity for companies who can deliver, implement and support high-performance computing systems," said Frank Perna, Chairman and CEO, MSC.

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