Over the past few years, we've seen the high-performance computing market expand tremendously. This technology has evolved from being extremely limited and specific in its scope to performing wide-ranging applications in just about every industry. This has created a lot of exciting opportunities for countless companies.
That pattern is likely to continue in the coming months and years. If anything, HPC is poised to experience even greater growth in the near future. As this technology becomes even more widely accessible and useful, firms will find new ways to utilize HPC resources. To fully take advantage of these solutions, though, business leaders will need to seek out the necessary support tools – namely, visual debuggers, such as Rogue Wave’s TotalView. From university research efforts to small-scale weather forecasting, TotalView is an invaluable resource for any HPC system.
A growing market
The extent of HPC's increasing expansion could be seen in a recent report from Big Market Research. The study found that HPC's value is so significant and widespread that national governments around the world now recognize the technology's importance.
Even more noteworthy: The study found that among companies that have adopted HPC solutions, 97 percent said they now would not be able to survive without these tools.
"HPC utilization is increasing via both hosted and on-premise methods."
There are a lot of factors driving global HPC market growth. According to the Big Market Research report, these include improved performance efficiency, faster computing capacities, smarter deployment strategies and higher-quality support services. Critically, the study noted that HPC utilization is increasing via both hosted and on-premise methods.
That's not all. Intersect360 Research recently released its predictions for HPC advancement in 2015. According to Intersect360, cloud-based HPC deployments will become more common this year, although this will still represent a relatively small portion of all HPC implementations. Perhaps more significantly, HPC for big data will likely accelerate, as these capabilities will become standard fare for all general-purpose servers and storage appliances.
Christopher Willard, Intersect360's chief research officer, also emphasized that companies will increasingly experiment with HPC architectures this year.
"Users will test both low-cost nodes and new technology strategies in an effort to find a balance between these options that delivers the best performance within user budgets," Willard said, according to Scientific Computing.
"More companies will use HPC in more ways and to a greater degree."
Moving ahead with HPC
I think it's safe to say that HPC is going to play a bigger role in the coming years than it did in the past. Many companies will embrace these tools for the first time, while others will expand or advance their existing approaches to HPC. To put it simply, more companies will use HPC in more ways and to a greater degree.
To make sure that all of these efforts pay off, firms need to make sure they have the tools at their disposal to optimize HPC deployments. And that's exactly what TotalView offers. TotalView is able to attach to running applications, finding issues relating to performance, memory and so on. TotalView can handle millions of cores simultaneously, and supports both hardware and software forms of HPC. All of this makes it an adaptable, necessary tool for ensuring the success of any given HPC deployment.