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Are HPC Accelerators Right or Wrong for Your Installation?

Published: 12 October 2015

ID: G00292508

Analyst(s): Carl Claunch

Summary

Installing accelerators, such as GPU cards, into compute clusters can lead to considerable benefits or can incur hefty disadvantages. Infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for HPC computing centers must be aware of these results when opting to use such accelerators.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • For applications that can use them, accelerators provide more compute capacity for a given investment
  • Accelerated work finishes faster or is accomplished with more fidelity
  • Money from a fixed investment spent on accelerators gives less compute capacity for unaccelerated applications
  • Development time is consumed porting or refactoring applications for acceleration, hampering development of new applications for other purposes

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