Bringing supercomputing to the masses


We’re at an inflection point in the computer industry.

Today’s iPhones hold more processing power than the best Apollo-era computers. Moore’s Law tells us that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years. We hold an unprecedented amount of computing power at our fingertips, and it’s still growing at an exponential rate.

This holds true for the engine of innovation: high-performance computing (HPC). HPC refers to the use of supercomputing and parallel processing techniques to solve massive, complex computational problems. Companies such as Cray, IBM, Intel, SGI, Sun and Thinking Machines have all made breakthroughs in this storied endeavor over the years, pushing the boundaries of what can be analyzed and designed using computers.

As a former engineer at Boeing, where I helped design the wing of the 787 Dreamliner, I can tell you the demand for compute power is increasing exponentially. As IT services migrate to the cloud, not only is raw compute power becoming highly accessible, but it is also available in hourly, pay-as-you-go models. Infinite compute power is now at users’ fingertips, enabling instant scalability, shortened product cycles and improved product quality. InfiniBand networking, GPUs and bare metal servers that were once considered too expensive or out of reach can now be easily accessed from the cloud.

Cloud computing has created a disruptive inflection point for HPC. By delivering a broad library of high-end HPC applications on the cloud, my company, Rescale, accelerates the adoption and democratization of HPC globally. We have undertaken the ambitious task of helping customers of all sizes deploy, monitor, manage and optimize their HPC resources, whether they are in the cloud, on premises, or in a hybrid environment.

At Rescale, we have built a cloud HPC platform that delivers:

  • A turnkey, zero-IT footprint solution that meets the highest security standards
  • A natively-integrated, pre-configured library of more than 180 simulation and machine learning software packages with on-demand and bring-your-own-license (BYOL) licensing options
  • The largest global network of HPC resources (57 data centers in nearly two dozen locations) with support across multiple IT environments

We’ve not only removed the barriers of entry to HPC, but we have also simplified the delivery of HPC services in an a la carte fashion. From automotive design to drug discovery to even actual rocket science, we’re empowering our customers to be leaders in their fields, accomplish more and innovate faster.

We are on a journey at Rescale to build the platform that enhances and accelerates the ideas of the world’s top engineers, scientists and innovators. Join us in empowering global innovation.

Rescale, a global leader in cloud HPC, recently selected IBM Cloud as a preferred cloud computing provider, expanding its global HPC infrastructure network. Explore high performance computing solutions on IBM Cloud.

This article was written by Joris Poort.