[Beowulf] Definition of HPC
Max R. Dechantsreiter
max at performancejones.com
Wed Apr 17 09:34:51 PDT 2013
>> As to your "Issue #2:"
>> "Owned compute" has some advantages over "rented compute." In general, the
>> control one has over one's owned resources enables applications to run with
>> greater performance. Some optimizations just demand root access!
> Although I hear those who have responded to this, this is particularly true
> in my case as a systems researcher. Not only is my research impossible to
> optimize without root access, it's impossible to perform whatsoever. Because
> of that I am constantly at odds with my IT dept at PSU. Hence the NAS server
> and small beo-cluster in my home...
I have had similar experiences - academic IT departments are the worst!
> Are there any people out there that provide rented, but more traditionally
> "HPC" compute (as in, it has Infiniband, huge memory, no virtualization, fast
> NAS storage, etc)? I'm not sure there is a huge market for it, but it would
> be an interesting and differentiated offering.
Yes, there are.
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