HP, Intel collaborate to expand HPC into the enterprise

HP has entered into an alliance with Intel. According to HP, the joint High Performance Computing (HPC) alliance is “created to advance customer innovation and help expand accessibility of HPC to enterprises of all sizes.”

The companies will launch a new Center of Excellence (CoE), which is designed to bring a community of experts from both companies to support customers in planning, developing, deploying and managing HPC solutions.  The HP/Intel CoE in Grenoble, France, enables customers, developers and ISVs to carry out proof of concept, benchmarks and characterisations to optimise the infrastructure for HPC-related workloads.

 HP, Intel collaborate to expand HPC into the enterprise


HP and Intel will also open a new CoE in Houston, Texas to better support the North American market.

The promise of HPC is rapidly expanding beyond governments and academia to enterprises of all sizes that want to accelerate the pace of big data analytics and business insight. In fact, the International Data Corporation forecasts that the base HPC compute server market will reach $15.2 billion in 2019, as organisations seek to adopt HPC technologies to run advanced analytics and big data workloads.

"There is a perfect storm of market dynamics driving the accelerated demand for HPC across commercial enterprises," HP said.

As a result of the new alliance, HP is offering its HPC Solutions Framework based on HP Apollo servers, which are specialised for HPC and now optimised to support industry-specific software applications from an ecosystem of leading independent software vendors (ISV).  These solutions will simplify the deployment of HPC for customers in industries such as oil and gas, life sciences and financial services.  The HP Apollo product line integrates Intel’s technology innovation from its HPC scalable system framework.

The systems will leverage next-generation Intel Xeon processors, the Intel Xeon Phi product family, Intel Omni-Path interconnect technology and the Intel Enterprise Edition of Lustre.

“Enterprises large and small are grappling with the growing challenges of increased model complexity and data sizes,” said Charles Wuischpard, vice president Data Center Group, general manager Workstations and High Performance Computing at Intel. “Intel’s HPC scalable system framework is a flexible blueprint for both computationally and data-intensive computing that provides optimized system performance at any scale – while maintaining reliability and ease of programming through open standards.  HP Apollo systems implementing the framework will be tailored to meet the stringent compute, I/O, memory and storage needs for HPC customers’ workloads.”

Updated Date: Jul 14, 2015 12:51:20 IST