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Engineered solutions can be ready-to-run out of the box, said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Engineered Solutions and Cloud, Dell.
Ganthier cited National Center for Manufacturing Sciences data that suggests 98 percent of all products will be designed digitally by 2020, yet 95 percent of the center's 300,000 manufacturing companies have little or no HPC expertise.
Ganthier said, "It's kind of starting to run its course because standing up [in the TOP500] is just a beauty contest.
Everything is prebuilt and prewired right up to including genomics analysis tool suites," said Ganthier.
We're taking what we've learned from working with some of the most advanced, sophisticated universities and research institutions and customizing that for delivery to mainstream enterprises," said Ganthier.
The new Dell HPC System Portfolio is a family of HPC and data analytics solutions featuring: simplified design, configuration, and ordering in a matter of hours instead of weeks; domain-specific design that's designed and tuned by Dell engineers and domain experts for specific science, engineering and analytics workloads using flexible industry-standard building blocks; and fully tested and validated with a single point of hardware support and a wide range of additional service options.
Big data and the cloud considerations were also important if not the major drivers in the strategy shift.
"Every conversation about HPC now has a big data component or has a cloud component," said Ganthier.
Ganthier noted Dell is an early supporter of the nascent OpenHPC project being organized by the Linux Foundation.
"Unlike traditional HPC where everybody bought parts, assembled parts and ran the workloads and did iterative engineering, we want folks to focus on time to innovation and let us worry about the infrastructure," said Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, validated solutions organization at Dell EMC Converged Platforms Solution Division.
"We want to give our customers, our partners, our ISVs the latest and greatest access to all the technologies whether it's Knights Landing, Omni-Path, Mellanox, Nvidia, Bright Computing, and others," said Ganthier.
"This is a chance for them to bring their workloads, play in our sandbox and in essence tune it long before it's readily available."
Naturally Isilon and other EMC-acquired storage technologies will also be featured prominently.
Isilon is especially important in the bioinformatics sphere.
"Bringing EMC Isilon together with the Dell HPC System for Life Sciences gives us a killer solution for that area," said Ganthier.
"We had a North American university whose cluster was down and they needed to act quickly," Ganthier explained.
"We want to disrupt multiple industries," said Ganthier.
"Dell EMC is uniquely capable of breaking through the barriers of data-centric HPC and navigating new and varied workloads that are converging with big data and cloud," Jim Ganthier, senior vice president of validated solutions and HPC organisation at Dell EMC, said.
"We are collaborating with the HPC community, including our customers, to advance and optimise HPC innovations while making these capabilities easily accessible and deployable for organisations and businesses of all sizes," he added.
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Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, Validated Solutions Organization, Dell EMC Converged Platforms Solution Division, said converged systems were too narrow.
"Before validated systems, most people in IT had one of two choices - a reference architecture, which is a polite way of saying here's the system we made and 15 things you need to buy to build it yourself.
Or the other side is what our competition used to do, which is it's racked and stacked, and you get whatever configuration I decide to give you," he says.
That can change, said Ganthier.
"EMC will fit in everywhere.
Now that we're Dell EMC, we will have the capabilities of choosing best in class server, storage and networking and wrap it in our financing," he said.
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