Consider This When Building HPC Clusters

May 14th, 2009 1:15 pm
Posted by Maria McLaughlin
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Many IT departments in the high performance computing market are feeling the rising pressure to deliver more capacity computing and performance while trying to reduce the total cost of ownership.

High Performance Computing (HPC) pushes the limits of computing performance, enabling people in science, research, and business to solve computationally intensive problems, such as those in chemistry or biology, quantum physics, petroleum exploration, crash test simulation, CG rendering, and financial risk analysis. HPC cluster systems have almost single-handedly propelled the HPC market's skyrocketing growth in recent years and drove HPC revenue past $11 billion in 2007. IDC expects that HPC will remain one of the bright spots in the IT space over the next few years, despite of the troubled global economy.

For HPC, clusters are firmly entrenched as the dominant species of technical server revenue. Within the HPC cluster universe, 1U rack-mounted server clusters continue to play an active role because of their large global installed base and the advantage of being highly available as a commodity product. In addition, rack-mounted clusters allow users to mix and match servers from different vendors within and across racks with no vendor lock-in. However, the sales momentum in recent months has shifted decidedly toward blade-based clusters, especially as blade technology has matured.

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Maria McLaughlin joined Appro in 2002 and has responsibility for all Appro's marketing, which includes branding, product positioning, market analysis, perception improvement, marketing communications and demand creation. She is also responsible for coordinating the product-definition and Go-to-Market Plan activities across Appro. Prior to her role at Appro, Mrs. McLaughlin worked at Hewlett-Packard for 13 years, where she held several marketing roles. She has also international business experience gained working at 3M Corporation in Campinas, SP, Brazil.

Mrs. McLaughlin graduated from Pontificia Catolica University in Brazil with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and English. She has also attended Berkeley Extension University in San Francisco.