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June 21, 2016

Dell targets enterprises of all sizes with supercomputers built with cloud

News: Company launches three systems supported by Intel’s HPC technology.

By Joao Lima

Dell is looking to get a slice of the high performance computing (HPC) market expected to be worth $36bn by 2020 by launching a series of HPC solutions built with cloud technology aimed at enterprises.

First, the company has unveiled an expansion of its HPC portfolio. The new Dell HPC Systems, built mainly to be used in science, manufacturing and analytics workloads, have been designed to simplify configurations, accelerate deployments and time to results.

The Dell HPC System for Life Sciences has been designed to meet the needs of life sciences organisations.

The solution protects confidential data while bioinformatics and genomics centres search for results around treatments in clinically relevant timeframes.

The Dell HPC System for Manufacturing enables manufacturing and engineering customers to run complex design simulations, including structural analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

As for the analytics vertical, Dell’s HPC System for Research has been developed to allow research centres to quickly develop HPC systems that match the needs of a wide variety of workloads, involving complex scientific analysis.

The portfolio is available worldwide and the systems are a family of HPC and data analytics solutions which combine customised HPC systems with pre-configured systems.

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The systems include Intel’s Xeon processors, support for Intel Omni-Path Architecture fabric, and software in the Dell HPC Lustre Storage and Dell HPC NFS Storage.

Dell also has partnerships with SAP and Cloudera that help the company build the cloud in-memory computing appliances and solutions around HPC.

Elsewhere, Dell has also expanded its HPC partnership landscape. The company said it is now working with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, US, to deploy an upgrade to its Stampede supercomputing cluster.

Further collaborations have been strengthened with organisations worldwide including the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa, European Cancer Centre Gustave Roussy, utility technology provider Sensus, and cross-device content delivery company Tapad.

Jim Ganthier, GM at Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC, said: "While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world.

"Dell now offers customers highly flexible, precision built HPC systems for multiple vertical industries based upon years of experience powering the world’s most advanced academic and research institutions."

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