August 30th, 2010 10:57 am
Posted by Brock Taylor
Tags: HPC, HPC cluster, Intel Cluster Ready
I'll wager Cydney Stevens $2 that if I surveyed 100 random new car buyers, none of them would say they bought their car in pieces and put it together themselves. Why is it that I could survey new cluster buyers and get a large percentage, even the majority, that would say they did buy their cluster in pieces and put it together themselves?
My top speculations:
1) Current cluster experts want total control over the solution. They feel like the only solution that will work is the solution that they build from scratch. Gurus don't trust a solution they didn't design/build.
2) Cost is too high. Many solutions are designed in an integrator lab, but they're still custom jobs for a specific purchaser. Custom jobs cost more to deploy. The solution is then to mitigate cost by buying the pieces separately and handling the design in-house.
3) Lack of a standard for clusters. I'd rather say this is the lack of awareness of a standard for clusters for obvious reasons. If it isn't well known that clusters need to have a common application interface and a common set of features, then buying clusters slants towards cafeteria style component selection and jamming everything into a final solution.
Some big barriers (but not all barriers) would come down with cluster designs sold in assembly line fashion. I can select a model of a car then customize some specific options that meet my performance, comfort, and personal preference needs. Why not a similar approach to clusters?
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