transtec applies best practices to ensure successful HPC rollout
Banbury, January 26, 2015 – "Easy to manage. Easy to use.": IT service provider and HPC specialist transtec believes this is one of the key criteria of High-Performance Computing (HC) applications. Today even small and medium-sized enterprises can successfully deploy HPC solutions at an affordable cost. Best-practice guidelines from transtec are there to help.
Companies are realising the benefits to be had from HPC systems as many of today’s business applications involve data-intensive simulations or large-scale database analyses.
transtec is the HPC provider with profound technology expertise and industry know-how, having installed more than 1,000 HPC clusters in numerous companies. When companies decide to deploy an HPC solution, they should consider the following best practices:
1. Hardware sizing
To effectively deploy HPC applications, the infrastructure must deliver a high level of computing capacity, which can be achieved with a cluster solution. When installing an HPC environment, the hardware configuration must be designed precisely to the specific requirements of the respective HPC applications. This applies to the CPU and GPU power, RAM, storage capacity or network performance.
2. More than just a rack of hardware
When designing an HPC solution, the focus should not just be on the hardware but, on the contrary, the entire system including hardware, the required software components and essential services. The HPC system can only operate most productively if the solution is tailored to the user’s requirements. In concrete terms, the HPC solutions provider must offer profound industry know-how.
3. Flexibility and scalability
HPC applications are highly individual and can be flexibly adapted to the user’s specific needs. This is why it is essential that HPC solutions can be seamlessly integrated into the company’s other workflow processes. It is also clear that the HPC solution must offer maximum scalability for the company to manage their futureincreasing workloads.
4. "Easy to manage. Easy to use."
The essential criteria to effectively harness the maximum computing efficiency and speed of an HPC cluster are lightweight cluster administration and minimum management complexity. For this reason, when companies decide on an HPC solution, they should ensure it offers convenient management and operation – based on the philosophy "Easy to manage" and "Easy to use".
5. Comprehensive service offer of the provider
When rolling out an HPC solution, a company should choose a provider that delivers a wide range of services ranging from consulting and solution rollout to service and support. This portfolio covers the detailed analysis of the existing infrastructure including the deployed or required applications. Individual migration plans must then be designed based on this analysis. Ideally, the provider should support every step in the migration process from data transfer to the cluster environment, workflow process changes and successful rollout of the new solutions architecture.
"Companies need to be able to rely on a competent solutions partner to help them select, implement and operate an HPC system ", explains Dr. Oliver Tennert, HPC Solutions Director at transtec in Reutlingen. "An HPC user can then expect to sustainably profit from the solution, both in terms of cost efficiency and performance, to increase productivity and, if necessary, improve competitiveness."
The IT service provider transtec Computers Ltd. offers unique IT expertise based on the combination of its manufacturer, system house and High Performance Computing (HPC) competence. transtec delivers client-specific solutions, a broad service portfolio and fulfils the highest security standards with its Cloud. Customers include public institutions as well as companies from different branches. The market-listed company has offices in the Benelux states, Germany, France and Switzerland and generated a revenue of 44,6 million Euros in 2015. www.transtec.co.uk