March 25th, 2009 11:36 am
Posted by Gary Tyreman
Tags: high performance computing, HPC, ICR, Intel Cluster Ready, Nehalem, Univa UD
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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