In 1993, it was decided to assemble and maintain a list of the 500 most powerful computer systems. The list has been compiled twice a year since then, with the help of high-performance computer experts, computational scientists, manufacturers, and the Internet community. The main objective of the TOP500 list is to provide a ranked list of general purpose systems that are in common use for high-end applications. In the present list, computers are listed by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark.
We were really pleased to see that two OCF installed supercomputers (run on Lenovo compute, with DDN storage) had achieved places in the TOP500 this November, which is a true testament that HPC can really make a difference to research and data analytics in academia.
Having two of our customers enter the Top500 is evidence of the growing need for world-leading systems in scientific research here in the UK, so we’re pleased to be part of the work involved in discovering the origins of the universe, helping find cures for cancer and other diseases, and, ultimately, enabling universities to develop their competitive edge.
In fact, CRN published an analysis of IT spending data from 94 UK universities. The team obtained the data via Freedom of Information requests. OCF was listed right alongside global names like Apple, Dell, HP, Logicalis and BT.
These results have come from years of commitment to selling HPCand storage solutions to the market and the result of our continuous focus on improving our business – we have the people, expertise and resources that the higher education sector needs; we’re agile and flexible and we back everything up with expert services, support and consultancy. Our partnerships with world leading vendors are an important part of our offering too; afterall their technology forms the basis of our solutions.
There is an ongoing drive for world-leading research in the UK. We are seeing more opportunities for OCF than ever in supporting HPC research projects at the UK’s top Universities. In fact, we’ve supported over 20 per cent of the UK’s universities, higher education institutes and research councils in our time.
Higher education remains a lucrative sector for the channel, with average university IT budgets growing 12 per cent to £5.82m in the academic year 2015. Even with the result of the recent UK/EU referendum, there are still plenty of opportunities for researchers to access UK and EU funding. In turn, those researchers will continue to fund IT / HPC investment. As I always say: ‘research needs people and people need tools’.
Please share your thoughts on how HPC is driving university research forward, I would be very interested in hearing from you.