O'Reilly logo

High-Performance IT Services by Terry Critchley

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Appendix VI: High-Performance Computing

Introduction to HPC

High-performance computing (or computation, HPC) does not necessarily mean superfast transaction processing or the lightning execution of batch work. It is normally applied to scientific work more often than not involving iterations of similar code and equations. The work carried out is normally that which the computer can handle in a time amenable to progressing some study or other. The term supercomputer usually means those HPC systems at the top of the performance league at any point in time.

There are huge HPC problems that have eluded analysis because of the time it would take to solve them, and the solvers were keen to still be alive by the time the results were delivered. The ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required