What Automobiles and HPC Have in Common: Achieving Simplicity and Affordability Through Standardization

March 25th, 2009 11:36 am
Posted by Gary Tyreman
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Henry Ford once said, “the way to make automobiles is to make one automobile like another automobile, to make them all alike.” A visionary in time and motion business practices, Ford understood that the key to mass-market acceptance of the automobile was accessibility, affordability and safety. The adoption of interchangeable parts, mainstay in the typewriter and clocks industries for decades, was precisely the catalyst required to drive volume and lower costs for the nascent automotive industry.

Most of us credit Ford with the introduction of the assembly line – the “specialization” of the workforce. While true, this is more of an outcome of what Ford did. Ford knew that in order for him to fulfill his vision of a ‘car for everyone’, the way they were made had to change.

At the time every automobile was hand made and practically custom. Many companies were integrated and produced their “own” components. What Ford saw was the opportunity to adopt existing “good-enough” components and incorporate them into his design. Automobiles have a great deal of components: wheels, tires, brakes, engines, starters, seats (to name but a few).

Ford had the benefit of new perspective: he could connect the evolution in the typewriter and clock industry to the manufacture of automobiles. The choices before Ford came down to this: engineer a better automobile using proprietary components or embrace available components and drive towards volume.

The HPC industry, like the clock, typewriter and automobile market before it, is ready for adopting a standardized design and leveraging interchangeable parts. And this is where the inherent value of Intel Cluster Ready comes into play.

And from my point of view – IT’S ABOUT TIME.


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Author Info
Gary Tyreman

Gary Tyreman brings more than 20 years of executive software experience to his role as the President and CEO of Univa Corporation. Gary leads corporate development and fundraising activities and is the architect of Univa's data center optimization strategy, which couples the strategic addition of Grid Engine expertise with Univa's innovative and industry-leading integrated cloud computing management products. Gary has established Univa as a top multi-national competitor and has expanded the markets the company serves. Prior to taking the position as CEO, Gary spent three years as Univa's Senior Vice President of Products and Alliances.

At Univa UD, Gary is Vice President and General Manager of the High-Performance Computing Division. In this role he oversees all aspects of the company's HPC business, including strategic planning, engineering, marketing, sales and business development. He also directs the growth of the company's online open source community.

Prior to joining Univa UD in 2008, Gary was Vice President and Business Manager for Platform Computing HPC division. During nearly five years there, he led the company's business planning, innovation and product management efforts while marshaling a team that developed some of the industry's most popular software.

Tyreman was among the first in the industry to recognize the emerging entry-level user in the HPC space and was responsible for developing a vision for how to simplify running applications off the shelf, a key to unlocking value among organizations new to HPC. He worked with Intel Corp. to develop his innovations, which were taken into account when Intel announced the Intel Cluster Ready program last year, making it easier to design, build, sell, program, acquire and deploy clusters built with Intel components.

Prior to his tenure at Platform Computing, Tyreman held a variety of executive positions in product management and marketing in technology growth companies, including Hummingbird, Delano and Itemus.

Gary is actively involved in the standards community and has held key positions in the X Consortium (X.org) and Open Grid Forum.