I’m here at the iSC conference in Frankfurt, Germany where today Intel announced their new HPC Orchestrator solution which is a combination of technology, support and services aimed at providing the software infrastructure framework and glue needed for vendors and researchers to rapidly develop next-generation HPC systems. In this unique commercial offering, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the first Linux operating system supported. And Intel and SUSE have collaborated to offer fully integrated, joint support for this combined enterprise-grade solution.
The solution is based on and extends the open source collaboration of dozens of industry-leading vendors, research labs and academic institutions who have come together to form the OpenHPC Community with the goal of accelerating our evolution towards true exascale computing. Intel’s HPC Orchestrator, based on OpenHPC with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, means vendors and researchers now have a validated and secure software stack on which to rapidly develop their HPC systems without the duplication and waste of having to re-invent and test their own infrastructure.
This is truly an industry-changing approach that will drive faster HPC innovation and also open up the power of HPC to a whole new range of industries and enterprises because they won’t have to build the software layers from scratch with their own engineers and scientist. Instead HPC systems vendors can now focus on creating the unique functionality they need at the top of the stack. Application vendors don’t have re-test for different non-standard stacks and releases. Administrators can easily manage clusters from multiple vendors. Researchers and labs can focus on their scientific work. This will accelerate innovation on all levels – and this is exactly what is needed to make a real leap forward in the state of the art for HPC and achieve our exascale computing goals in the near-term.
If you’re working on HPC in any way, whether your organization is at the cutting edge or just starting to explore this technology, you’re going to be very glad you can now get the power of a robust validated software stack without having to maintain your own one-off custom HPC infrastructure.