Crossing the Chasm
Crossing the ChasmHigh performance computing goes mainstream   High performance computing is becoming a transitional area for productivity workers engaged in the engineering disciplines, research, analysis, design, rendering and animation, as well as ancillary work activities. Applications that used to be performed on Microsoft Windows or Linux desktops, where large-scale computing wasonce cost prohibitive, can now be migrated to cost-effective compute clusters for improved, scalable application performance. These new approaches in HPC have made the transition from desktop computing to scaleable, high-performance clusters a much faster and simpler process, and also have allowed for lower support costs through the use of a common IT framework. This interactive streaming video Webcast, entitled “Crossing the Chasm with Microsoft Compute Cluster Edition,” recently brought together four expert panelists to discuss recent industry developments that now bring the benefits of high-performance compute clusters to the mainstream of technical computing. The director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech shared his own experience in delivering new levels of compute capabilities to engineers and scientists, a process that has decreased job-processing time for modeling and simulation tasks by as much as 92 percent. A part of the Scientific Computing’s HPC Webcast Series, the original 60-minute broadcast is now available for on-demand viewing. Selected highlights from the discussion are presented in excerpts that follow. Click here to view the full article [pdf]