When supercomputers were introduced in the 1960s, they were rare and marvels of scientific advancement. By the turn of the century, they had grown to host thousands of processes and were significantly faster.
Now known as high-performance computing (HPC), these systems allow businesses to run complicated programs reliably and quickly.
Previously, HPC systems have been used by government entities and academic institutions to process and run large volumes of data. However, more businesses are setting up HPC systems to increase processing speed and meet the demands of the 21st century. Let’s find out why.
Supply and Demand
Mobile technology has created a world where information is literally available in the palm of our hands. This, however, has also created a society where up-to-the-minute information is the norm and patience is a thing of the past. The same applies to a business setting. Clients want information sooner rather than later, and businesses are feeling more pressure to deliver.
This is where HPC systems come into play. High-performance computing’s main advantage is the increased processing speed it provides. Whether your business is looking to process data, run analytics or solve engineering equations, these super computers are getting smaller but infinitely more powerful.
For competitive industries, having access to information faster can give your business a head up over the competition.
With faster processing abilities, businesses are able to deliver faster results and in turn save more money. For business owners, this can make a huge difference in profit margins. While there is an initial investment in the system, the benefits in processing and productivity can often make up for the expense of the set up.
Often, HPCs are able to determine weak or slow spots in your business’s computing infrastructure and run applications more efficiently. When you’re not wasting precious space and time, you’re saving on your bottom line.
While humans are able to get a lot done, it’s no surprise that computers have abilities beyond our reach. High-performance computing systems go beyond the capabilities of a regular PC, however, and can customize your business processes so your workers can get more done.
With the ability to crunch numbers and analyze data quicker, these systems provide your team with figures they can use to identify gaps and deliver results. These supercomputers can also perform processes that identify opportunities to fix weak spots. If you have conflicting processes running, HPC can identify the issue and allow your IT department to make fixes that will improve speed and clean complicated set ups.
Use Data to Get Ahead
There is a reason high-performance computing was used by the military, government and engineering firms before trickling down to businesses. The world, and business specifically, thrives on data, and these supercomputers are able to analyze and produce it at alarming rates.
Data-intensive modeling can be performed easily with these systems and in a variety of industries. Some examples of the work these supercomputers can handle include:
• Product designs for the automobile industry
• Tracking global climate patterns
• Identifying candidates for pharmaceutical trials
• Fraud detection in the financial industry
Although the technology has existed since the 1960s, each year brings new innovations that allow targeted data collection and analysis.
Major computer companies are getting more revolutionary about their HPC systems. No longer just for specialized use, high-performance computing systems are allowing business owners to be on the forefront of the next data revolution.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ May 31, 2016 at 02:09PM