Welcome to the third part of this five-part series on choosing storage for your high-performance computing (HPC) solution. In the first two blog posts, I talked about speed and reliability. Now, I will cover a characteristic that seems to go against all basic aspects of HPC: simplicity.
HPC environments are inherently complex. Hundreds or even thousands of systems run in parallel to complete millions of jobs per day in the largest environments. Managing all of these compute nodes along with the network and storage components is a daunting task—not to mention the complexities involved when the environment needs to scale to meet growing demand.
To relieve IT staff of some of these burdens, many companies look toward the cloud for a solution. According to Intersect360 Research, HPC in the cloud grew by 44% in 2017 and is expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future.
Although HPC solutions in the cloud can help simplify operations, HPC comes with its own pitfalls:
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