Intel hatches architecture to make high performance computing an enterprise staple

Dell is among the first enterprise vendors to launch systems based on Intel's Omni-Path Architecture.

Intel and its server maker partners are betting that high performance computing can become an enterprise mainstay.

The chip giant added to its Scalable System Framework and rolled out a new architecture call Omni-Path to make high performance computing (HPC) clusters available for more workloads.

Dell announced new systems using the Intel architecture and approach to HPC on Monday. Cray, Fujitsu, HPE, Lenovo, SGI, Penguin Computing among others are planning to launch systems revolving around Intel's Omni-Path Architecture.

Intel said volume shipments are likely in the first quarter. Dell rolled out specialized HPC systems for genomic data analysis, manufacturing and research.

According to Intel, the popularity of big data and analytics workloads will take HPC mainstream. As a result, HPC techniques and fabric approaches will mean enterprises carve out HPC budgets. Intel calls this development an "HPC Everywhere" era.

With Intel standardizing HPC approaches and architectures, it should be easier to procure HPC systems in more industries for analytics, visualization and machine learning.

Intel's Omni-Path Architecture is designed to run entry level to scaled HPC clusters. Intel's Omni-Path is being used at the Texas Advanced Computing Center as well as the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center. These sites and others are running Intel's preproduction Xeon Phi processors.

As for Dell, the company said it launched new Dell Networking H-Series switches and adapters as well as PowerEdge servers based on Omni-Path. Dell said it is holding advisory sessions with customers on optimizing Omni-Path and Intel's Xeon Phi chips.

In addition, Dell and Mellanox will collaborate on best practices, case studies and innovation labs for HPC.