Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed several remarkable changes in the high performance computing (HPC) landscape.
We can confidently say that — what the microscope has done for the medical industry, HPC has done for multiple industries: It has enabled companies, large and small, to glean actionable insights from massive amounts of information and change the way we interact with and view the world.
Supercomputer usage growing
HPC technology helps us review and analyze unprecedented amounts of information in real-time. Supercomputers have become a regular part of our daily lives — often without our knowledge.
For example, PayPal uses HPC technology to catch fraudulent transactions before they happen. With millions of transactions made per day, PayPal identified $710 million in prevented fraud within the first year.
In a different scenario, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command uses the same technology to inform real-time battlefield decisions. By rapidly rendering complicated 3-D geospatial features and creating heat maps that accurately pinpoint dangerous activity, military personnel gain an upper hand in deciding on a critical course of action.
We’re even seeing HPC pop up in the professional development industry, in the world of journalism and also in efforts to counter pollution. Each year we see organizations applying data-intensive technologies in ways we couldn’t have imagined a couple of years before, let alone the applications and benefits we are bound to see in the next 20 years.
Data demands are surging
There is a need for flexible technology infrastructures that ensure organizations can manage the many different types of structured and unstructured data. Data is multiplying at a rapid pace, and the insight we expect to get out of this data can affect everyone.
Thanks to years of scientific research and testing, HPC can provide the kind of power, scalability and flexibility enterprises need to help them best visualize, analyze and manage large amounts of complex structured and unstructured data in real time. There are three datacentric platforms that come to mind when pinpointing the trends we are seeing as HPC becomes more widely used in the enterprise: in-memory technologies (like SAP HANA), cloud-enabled analytics applications, and Hadoop.
With deep Silicon Valley roots and expertise in HPC, data management and data analysis, the best competitive organizations will take advantage of their data — whether to make faster and more insightful business decisions, lower costs or fuel growth.