HPC Source spoke to R Systems’ Chief Technology Officer, Michael
Senizaiz, about coming advancements in the industry and how companies
can stay competitive.
Q: Where do you see the development of the HPC industry going in the
next 5 years?
Senizaiz: We have seen some great technology just this year from the accelerator giants
Intel and NVIDIA, both from a hardware capabilities and a developer tool innovation
perspective, and I think a lot of this stems from stiff competition rather than incremental
product evolution. I believe we’ll see similar breadth and depth of innovation in the
interconnect space with Omni-Path taking on Infiniband. This should lead to
differentiation of capabilities over the next few generations giving decision-makers more
options for best-fit solutions. I’m also excited to watch as the Heterogeneous System
Architecture (HSA) Foundation develops capabilities in the next few years. This is one of
the few new technologies that will change developers’ approach to data management and
heterogeneous environments, all in positive ways.
Q: How does the availability of big data play a role in HPC and cloud?
Senizaiz: Big data is taking pages from the HPC playbooks
regarding centralized or parallel storage, higher level and
distributed processing, and being both higher performance
and in many cases lower-cost than traditional distributed and
replicated local storage. This allows cloud users to keep their
data warehouses in the cloud at the relatively low price of ‘just
storage,’ and grow the computational components up and down
as their workloads change. Users are finding further cost savings
for sporadic-use cases by migrating to lower-tier and lower-cost
slow disk or tape storage, and migrating back up to higher-tier
storage when processing needs arise.
Q: What do you view as the biggest headwinds to the
HPC industry in the near future? How can a company
Senizaiz: Successful innovators always bring with them a
large trail of follow-on users. Like the slow-to-torrential adoption
of Linux in the enterprise, and white-box cluster growth over
mainframes, industry followers are seeing competitors succeed
in adopting cloud workflows to their existing HPC workflows,
or adopting HPC workflows to their traditional enterprise
workflows. The big players have a stronghold on the middle
market. Providers looking to grow their HPC or cloud businesses
need to look at niche markets, providing products or services to
simplify a transition to their product offerings. You’ll find success
in depth of expertise.