businesses are being echoed around
the world by SMEs such as Children’s
Mercy Hospitals (Kansas City), Intelligent Light, Ping, Smart Truck Systems
and hundreds of others.
HLRS is not the only large center
that works closely with SMEs and other
industrial firms, of course. Germany’s
two other national HPC centers, the
Leibniz Supercomputing Center and the
Juelich Research Center, also provide
services to industry — as do national
HPC centers and labs in North America, EMEA and the Asia Pacific region.
Across the globe, government leaders
increasingly recognize that HPC can
boost industrial and economic competitiveness and SMEs can play a strong
part in this transformation.
As a result, industrial partnership
programs have been proliferating in
programs at DOE’s national laboratories, Europe’s PRACE initiative and at
leading HPC organizations including
NCSA, Teratec, Hartree Centre, HPC
Wales, KISTI, the Shanghai Supercomputer Center and others too numerous
to mention here. A fair amount of this
activity is directed at SMEs, which are
the most numerous and, in some
geographies, the largest enterprises.
SMEs will continue to get more attention, including additional research to
illuminate some of the remaining dark
corners of this market segment. IDC, for
example, recently began what we believe
will be the most ambitious effort yet to
identify and characterize large numbers
of these sites. And organizations, such
as the Council on Competitiveness, the
National Center for Manufacturing
Services, NCSA’s Industrial Partners
Program, PRACE, HLRS, Teratec and
others are hard at work easing the transition to HPC for SME organizations.
Steve Conway is Research VP,
HPC at IDC. He may be reached at
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movie. Although the movie only
required about one percent of HLRS
resources, it could not have been
done without high investment costs
by such a small company. So, using