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What is HPC?

High-performance computing (HPC) enables users to solve complex, computationally demanding business, engineering and scientific problems through computer modeling, simulation and analysis. The applications used in HPC require high bandwidth, enhanced networking and robust compute capabilities.

How does HPC Work?

An HPC system can be a single supercomputer or a distributed cluster of GPU-intensive servers in a cloud platform. The terms “HPC” and “supercomputing” are frequently used interchangeably, but the two differ significantly in performance levels. A supercomputer is computationally much faster than an HPC system.

Why Use HPC?

Fast Processing Speeds

Analyze large volumes of data such as financial calculations in an instant.

Cost Savings

Save on costs by streamlining and optimizing your data processing tasks.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Rackspace provides engineers, research scientists, enterprises and other organizations with access to HPC systems in two different ways:

Dedicated Servers

We offer both dedicated servers and OnMetal Cloud Servers for your HPC workloads. Both are single-tenant physical servers, as opposed to multi-tenant virtual servers, so your applications get the consistent speed and high performance they require. Also, these servers can be API-provisioned in mere minutes, providing your business-critical apps with fast scalability and elasticity.

HPC Clusters in a Cloud Environment

Our Managed Cloud team also supports Amazon Web Services (AWS)® and Azure®, so your company can tap into the power of these HPC systems without having to cope with their complexity. With AWS’s Elastic Cloud Compute platform, you can instantly create your own HPC cluster with a pay-as-you-go pricing model. With Microsoft Azure’s Big Compute platform, you can extend your own HPC cluster to the cloud for additional capacity or use HPC Pack to deploy a cluster on Azure and connect to it via a secure VPN or the internet.

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