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Despite the many benefits of HPC, deploying, installing, and managing your first HPC system may look like a daunting task. In the caseof the engineering and manufacturing industries, this is often referred to as the “Missing Middle” problem, a term coined by the U.S.Council on Competitiveness to describe the relative lack of HPC adoption among small and medium-size manufacturing companies.Indeed, Intersect360 Research found that while close to 60% manufacturers with over 10,000 employees utilize HPC, the adoption rate is below 10% for those with under 100 employees.

These statistics indicate a large potential market in manufacturing and other industries that might benefit from greater levels of adoption of entry-level and midrange-size systems. Cost is of course a factor in adoption, as well as the steep learning curve, and those factors are explicitly addressed by vSMP ClusterOne. There is of course the cost of the system, and commodity-of-the-shelf (COTS) clusters have proven the deliver the best compute-power per dollar, but other costs beyond the hardware lurk, and in manufacturing particularly the cost of software must be considered.

The overall licensing cost for any applications with a per-node licensing schemes could be reduced if the cluster is a single
logical entity (a single virtual large server).The SMP-like system has other potential cost savings beyond Capital expenditures. The single system is usually easier to manage, which could eliminate or delay the need to invest in additional system administration capabilities. And perhaps most importantly, it behaves much the same as a super-sized workstation, which not only feels familiar to the engineer using it but allows for ease in portability of models and applications from a workstation to a cluster enabled with vSMP ClusterOne.

More than 30% of ScaleMP’s installed base comes from users that could use standard HPC clusters but chose not to, and more than 20% of the installed base comes from the aforementioned engineering and manufacturing segments, with structural analysis or fluid

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