"From an industrial perspective, HPC seems to be a 'look, but
don't touch' technology. While there is an acknowledged need for
HPC by many industrial sectors, the HPC market has traditionally
focused on the grand challenge or the 'heroic' computing needs of
the National Labs and Computing centers. Stan Ahalt, Executive
Director of The Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Kathryn L. Kelley
believe a focus on Blue Collar Computing can help revitalize
industrial innovation and usher in a new era of 'high touch'
"Commercial forces influence all technologies. The HPC market,
which has gone through many changes in recent years, is no
exception. Indeed, the first do-it-yourself white box clusters look
quite a bit different than the current blade systems available
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