The Growing Scope, Importance, and Broad Adoption of HPC for Innovation & Results
High performance computing (HPC) has long been a tool used by researchers to attack the most difficult problems, offering faster insights and understanding, with greater fidelity and confidence in these results. As HPC architectures have shifted to scalable, commodity technology-based platforms, the adoption of HPC systems became within reach of more than just the largest research centers. Companies, who also have need for faster, better solutions–to innovate in new products and services–began adopting HPC for modeling simulation capabilities as well: in design, manufacturing and engineering across industry sectors, from automotive and aerospace to energy production, from pharmaceuticals to finance. As the emergence of Big Data creates new ways of understanding through data and analytics, HPC technologies are being used enable these kinds of computations as well, creating even more adoption by more kinds of companies and organizations. Finally, the advent of cloud computing enabling companies, organizations, and people to access cast amount of computing capabilities–in many cases, nearly transparently–and such cloud services are a natural fit for simplifying both the provisioning and usage of powerful HPC capabilities. This talk will provide an overview of the evolution of HPC from specialized research to broad adopt, discuss why now is the right time for companies to use HPC to innovate and out-compete, and present some thoughts on how HPC architectures, markets, and usage will evolve in the years ahead.