High-Performance Computing is not solely reserved for major companies and research institutions: companies of every size and within every branch of industry can benefit from it.
First, however, they must overcome their reservations. Here we list seven steps to a successful migration to HPC
If Companies are planning to migrate to HPC Systems, they should consider the following:
1. Capacity Utilisation:
The aim is to operate computer systems as efficiently as possible. But if workstations are always working at maximum capacity and or if the waiting times are getting longer and longer, consideration should be given to an HPC cluster
2. Cluster Compatibility
Are the existing applications compatible with clusters, i.e. can the calculations be carried out in parallel? Most applications are designed for this.
Compared with workstations, clusters are noisy and generate too much heat to be operated near a desk: minimum ergonomic requirements for the user should be reflected. Smaller companies in particular must consider where a cluster is to be operated: the ideal location is in a separate server room, and for large clusters, in a data centre.
An HPC cluster should be operated as simply as possible by both users and administrators, so the intrinsic complexity, especially of a demanding system, should not be obvious. For administrators, there are generally simple graphical interfaces for basic tasks, while for users there are web-based portals for example..
7. Turnkey Solution:
An HPC cluster can be configured in a heterogeneous way, i.e. with components from different suppliers, either for historical reasons or to benefit from specific performance advantages. However, it is generally preferable to have a homogeneous structure and a turnkey system from one source, which is integrated into the existing IT infrastructure..
4. External Use:
Alternatively, is an HPC system to be operated by an external service provider, such as in the cloud? If so, typical cloud aspects such as bandwidth, security, availability, data migration and, more generally, the content of service level agreements must be taken into account.
As tasks increase in the company, IT must keep pace with them. So make sure that the scalability of an HPC system is given..
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