High-performance computing (HPC) is the use of parallel processing for running advanced application programs efficiently, reliably and quickly. The term applies especially to systems that function above a teraflop or 1012 floating-point operations per second. The term HPC is occasionally used as a synonym for supercomputing, although technically a supercomputer is a system that performs at or near the currently highest operational rate for computers. Some supercomputers work at more than a petaflop or 1015 floating-point operations per second.

The most common users of HPC systems are scientific researchers, engineers and academic institutions. Some government agencies, particularly the military, also rely on HPC for complex applications. High-performance systems often use custom-made components in addition to so-called commodity components. As demand for processing power and speed grows, HPC will likely interest businesses of all sizes, particularly for transaction processing and data warehouses. An occasional techno-fiends might use an HPC system to satisfy an exceptional desire for advanced technology.

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Cisco HPC Solution Stack for Financial Services:
High-Performance Trading

With ever-increasing automation of trading, firms in the financial services industry consider the building of low-latency, highcapacity infrastructures to be critical to stay competitive in capital markets. Under increasing pressure, financial markets must improve operating efficiency to stay competitive, control costs, and manage risk. These challenges, in addition to the rapid increase in electronic trading, have created a need for highperformance computing (HPC) environments in financial services. As the industry leader in networking, Cisco® delivers an unmatched HPC solution to address customer needs. The broad Cisco solution portfolio delivers high speeds, low latencies, open standards, and high system availability, allowing financial services customers to deploy the right infrastructure for their applications.


HP Apollo Systems

To solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, scientists, engineers and analysts continue to push the boundaries of performance, yet at the same time, scaling today’s systems to ExaFLOPS would consume roughly the output of Hoover Dam and take up the space of 30 football fields 1. Simply put, this is unsustainable, so HP has reinvented high performance computing (HPC) to change the performance to space and power equation.
The HP Apollo Family delivers breakthroughs in rack-scale performance, power and cooling in less space to find answers faster, in a more sustainable way than ever before.
  • The air-cooled HP Apollo 6000 System optimizes rack-scale performance for your budget, and makes HPC capabilities accessible to a wide range of enterprise customers.
  • The HP Apollo 8000 System is a supercomputer that combines high levels of processing power with a groundbreaking warm water-cooled design for ultra-low energy usage and recycling.
  • Comprehensive HP Apollo Services help make HPC more accessible through financing, assessment services, deployment, integration and Datacenter Care.

IBM Power 775 Supercomputer

IBM is offering the new POWER7® processor-based Power® 775 Supercomputer to accelerate high performance computing innovation in smarter computing projects such as climate prediction, medical and life sciences, financial services, petroleum reservoir modeling, and industrial design. The Power 775 Supercomputer is a highly integrated, densely packaged, high performance supercomputer in a rack solution, including compute nodes, storage, interconnect fabric and featuring energy efficient water cooling technology.

  • A massive scale-out high performance computing server that provides unparalleled capacity that’s been optimized for running large, highly parallel computationally-intensive workloads and algorithms
  • Application affinity for weather and climate modeling, computational chemistry, physics, computer-aided engineering, computational fluid dynamics and petroleum exploration

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