HP, Intel bolster high performance computing alliance

The two enterprise giants will collaborate on centers of excellence that aim to bring high performance computing to more companies.

Hewlett Packard and Intel said Monday that they will form an alliance that aims to make high-performance computing more accessible to enterprises via best practices and tailored hardware.

Under the partnership, outlined at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the companies will create centers of excellence that revolve around best practices for planning, deploying and managing high performance computing (HPC) gear.

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Hardware vendors are increasingly eyeing HPC as a growth avenue because enterprises need the horsepower for analytics and big data workloads. Traditionally, HPC use has been limited to academics and governments.

The challenge for these HPC players is that workloads can be delivered via pay-as-you go cloud models. It's not clear what types of enterprises will rent HPC vs. build systems.

As for the hardware and framework end of the equation, HP said it will provide its HPC framework, which is based on its Apollo server deployments, to the partnership.

HP's Apollo servers run on Intel chips and will revolve around Intel Xeon Phi and Omni-Path interconnect technology.

Intel and hp said they will bolster the HPC center of excellence in Grenoble, France as well as build one out in Houston, Texas. The companies added that they will also integrate independent software vendors and partners into these centers.