HPC Cluster Remote Administration
posted on June 12, 2014

As a turnkey cluster provider, one of the questions we always ask our clients is who is going to manage their cluster and what kind of experience do they have. While we have some clients that have full-time, in-house staff to administer their clusters, we also have some researchers and scientists who have to balance […]

HPC Cluster Blog – IPMI
posted on May 6, 2014

Nearly all of the systems shipped from Advanced Clustering in the last couple of years come standard with IPMI. IPMI stands for Intelligent Platform Management Interface, and gives you powerful remote management features for your compute nodes and servers. IPMI runs as part of a small co-processor, also known as the BMC, or baseboard management […]

HPC Cluster Blog – GTX vs Tesla
posted on April 23, 2014

A comparison of high-end GTX and Tesla GPUs for double-performance computing Many of our customers have discovered that high-end NVIDIA GTX cards, such as the GTX Titan, offer a relatively low-cost alternative to NVIDIA Tesla cards such as the K20 or K40. Like the Teslas, the Titans offer double-precision calculations with comparable TFLOPS and number […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Consulting
posted on April 16, 2014

Are you thinking of purchasing a new HPC cluster? Maybe you are considering expanding your current environment? Not sure where to start? Contact Advanced Clustering Technologies and discuss your concerns with sales and engineering to determine which direction is best for you. You’ve heard of the Intel Phi co-processor, perhaps you’ve seen others working with […]

HPC Cluster Blog – SSD vs HDD
posted on March 31, 2014

SSD vs. HDD – or when to choose one over the other. At Advanced Clustering, we hear a lot of opinions for the use of both solid state drives (SSDs) and standard hard disk drives (HDDs), and each has its own pros and cons depending on what their use will be. While there are advantages […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Memory Amount Limits
posted on March 21, 2014

Memory amount limits: What’s possible for your system? The appropriate amount of memory for a particular node or server is usually best determined by looking at the number of memory channels available on the system’s motherboard. These channels are communication pathways that run between the memory and the memory controller, a component inside the processor […]

HPC Cluster Blog – HPC in the Cloud
posted on March 13, 2014

Is HPC in the cloud right for you? Over the years, I’ve attended many birds of feather where the topic was whether or not there was a future in moving HPC into the cloud.  There were plenty of vigorous debates for and against, and they tended to go this way: For: The most obvious argument […]

HPC Cluster Blog – New version of eQUEUE available
posted on March 4, 2014

Advanced Clustering Technologies is pleased to announce version 0.9 of eQUEUE. The RPM has been updated in our yum repository, so a simple “yum update equeue” should get the new version. If you don’t get the updated package, a “yum clean all” will clear any cache you have stored locally. If you have any questions […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Xeon Phi
posted on February 24, 2014

Xeon Phi, is it right for you? With Intel’s release of the Xeon Phi back in 2012, there has been a lot of interest, and a lot of misunderstanding of what it is and how it works. The Phi can provide a great performance bump for the right application and use case. To understand if […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Cluster Interconnects
posted on February 20, 2014

Cluster interconnects: the three basic configurations While processor speed, memory amount and number of nodes in your cluster are important, another serious consideration for overall cluster performance is the interconnect. The term “interconnect” refers to the cabling and switches used by the nodes to communicate with each other. While necessary for every cluster, it becomes […]

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