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working with integrators


A 2U rack server undergoes a 24-hour burn-in cycle in an ICC testing laboratory; a heated chamber simulates a high-temperature deployment environment


performance


higher Working


towards Beth Sharp considers the critical issues that come


with the integration of a high-performance computing system, and how best to work with those who offer their expertise


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hen an organisation chooses a high-performance computing (HPC) system it faces many complex issues. With a myriad


of vendors on the market, the fi rst challenge is one of selecting a solution, followed by its procurement, installation and on-going management. As any user of HPC will say, requirements can vary considerably and decisions will depend on the size and computing power of the hardware that’s needed, as well as the robustness of software solutions available for that platform. Finding a system that meets those specifi c needs can often begin with the partnership between integrator and end-user. So what exactly is the role of an integrator? The simple answer, as Alexey Stolyar of


USA-based integration company International Computer Concepts (ICC) says, is that while some may view an integrator simply as a provider of hardware, the reality goes far beyond that. ‘From the beginning of the process, we provide customers with the information they need in terms of what solutions are available. A lot of customers don’t know what HPC platforms are available at any given time, so our job is to provide those roadmaps and new technologies,’ he explains.


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