HP and Intel have announced an extension of their high-performance computing (HPC) partnership to encourage firms of all sizes to benefit from its potential.
The companies announced the alliance during the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt.
Core to the partnership will be the extension of an existing HPC Centre of Excellence in Grenoble operated by Intel and HP to allow firms to work with independent software vendors (ISVs) to ensure their systems work on Intel’s and HP’s technologies.
This will allow customers, developers and ISVs to carry out proof-of-concept tests on HPC requirements and select the correct systems.
HP and Intel will also open a new centre of excellence in Houston in Texas to support the North American market for HPC.
The firms said that big data analytics is set to become an everyday part of life for firms of all sizes as areas like the Internet of Things take off, rather than just the preserve of big business, governments and academia.
As such, Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager for HPC and big data in HP's Servers division, said it was an ideal time for Intel and HP to bring their combined strengths and expertise together to promote this opportunity.
“As data explodes in volume, velocity and variety, and the processing requirements to address business challenges become more sophisticated, the line between traditional and HPC is blurring,” he said.
“With this alliance, we are giving customers access to the technologies and solutions as well as the intellectual property, portfolio services and engineering support needed to evolve their compute infrastructure to capitalise on a data-driven environment.”
As part of the partnership HP has also announced that it will offer purpose-built HPC services based on its Apollo servers using next-generation Intel Xeon processors to ensure customers get the performance requirements they require.
Charles Wuischpard, data centre group vice president and general manager of workstations and HPC at Intel, said that combining these technologies offer the ideal mix for new and current HPC customers.
“Intel’s HPC scalable system framework is a flexible blueprint for computationally and data-intensive computing that provides optimised system performance at any scale while maintaining reliability and ease of programming through open standards," he said.
The announcement comes during the ISC event which also saw the release of the latest supercomputer top 500 list. China retained the top spot ahead of the US, thanks to its Tianhe-2 supercomputer.
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