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Cluster Monkey: Blue Collar Computing: HPC for the Rest of Us

Mar 30, 2006, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stanley C. Ahalt, Kathryn L. Kelley)

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"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' HPC.

"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 today..."

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