HPC’s Expanding Universe
Welcome to the latest issue of HPC Source —an interactive
publication devoted exclusively
to the coverage of high-performance computing and created
for the HPC community which
is on the cutting edge of
discovery in science and
technology. This issue’s
Universe” highlights just how
much knowledge is growing in
this field and how it is expanding the frontiers to help refine
research in so many different areas.
In “HPC Unlocks Innovation,” we hear from Addison
Snell, Chief Executive Officer of Intersect360 Research, on
the latest trends in high performance computing and what
he characterizes as the “ever-changing high performance
computing market.” He discusses the latest trends and the
important role HPC continues to play as technologies have
become more accessible by a wider range of industries.
As high performance computing technology (HPC) matures and becomes more economical and afford- able, Dell is deploying initiatives to accelerate adoption and enable innovators to deliver more breakthroughs
in less time and with less risks. Our efforts to democratize
HPC—to make it more affordable, easy to buy, quick to
deploy and easy to use—is aiding in both the mainstreaming
and broadening of the HPC market. As HPC becomes
more approachable, high performance solutions are gaining
traction beyond the traditional comfort zones of engineering, research and development, and academia. HPC is being
deployed everywhere, and entities who, a few years ago,
never would have considered utilizing HPC are now
realizing this is something they need to get their work
done, to be competitive and to deliver results.
Dell investments are enabling a broader base of HPC users
to deploy, manage and support HPC solutions, and we are
bringing on HPC experts with vertical expertise in specific
areas—such as life sciences, manufacturing, and oil and gas—
to aid users who are overwhelmed by the amount, size and
types of information they’re collecting, storing and analyzing,
and who are increasingly looking to HPC to efficiently and
cost-effectively glean swift insight.
An important area is healthcare, and it is no secret that high-performance computing is having a huge impact here. As
Steve Conway, Research Vice President, HPC at IDC, forecasts in this issue, “Worldwide spending on supercomputers
and other HPC systems in the biolife sciences market will
grow from $1 billion in 2015 to $1.3 billion in 2019.” Using
high-performance data analytics will move the needle on
the goal of outcomes-based health care, which is replacing
procedures-based medicine with outcomes based medicine.
Steve outlines just where the many ongoing initiatives stand
as supercomputing contributes these medical frontiers.
In this issue of HPC Source, we highlight HPC’s ever-changing
landscape, its hottest tech trends and several exciting transformations that are helping HPC to become more mainstream and
making data—and most importantly insight—accessible.
Innovations like these are enabling Dell to better serve and
enable our customers by helping them to deliver the quick,
cost effective and extensible computing power they need to
innovate and win.
Vice President and General Manager
Engineered Solutions, HPC and
In “Making the Most of Genomic Data: Context is Key”
Tim Hoctor, Vice President, Life Sciences Solutions Services
at Elsevier, provides a detailed look into the booming
cosumer genomics market—and how maximizing the
potential of genomic data is key for the researchers who
are pioneering the efforts to effectively process and
interpret the data.
solutions are gaining
As always, we invite you to share this edition with
your colleagues to start and continue conversations
within the HPC community, and we welcome
suggestions for future issues of HPC Source.
traction beyond the
traditional comfort zones
of engineering, research
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