Never a Dull Moment in HPC – Trend Report

HPC trends

When one of my friends asked me on Saturday night what I like about my job, I started off by saying that “there is never a dull moment in high-performance computing. The computing landscape is constantly changing, the HPC ecosystem collaborations are so numerous and intriguing, and the strategic/economic value of HPC for simulation has never been greater” (or: relevance of HPC for organizations to become more competitive is so compelling).

All of this was very evident at last week’s ISC conference — one of world’s largest high-performance computing events — drawing this year over 2,800 attendees from 56 countries. Let me share with you a few exciting HPC trends observed during this conference.

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China Outpaces U.S. in Race for Fastest Supercomputer – Threat or Opportunity?

On November 28, 2011, Newsweek reported that China outpaces the U.S. in the race for the fastest supercomputer. Does the U.S. consider this as a threat or opportunity?

Design and manufacturing are central drivers of the global economy.  As part of their product development process, industries as diverse as  automotive, aerospace and defence, electronics, pharmaceutical, biomedical and renewable energy are investing in the ability to model, simulate and process data. This investment drives the technological advancements needed to develop future products and services, and allows regions around the world to maintain their economic positions.

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