I read with interest the IDC study on the latest trends in HPC usage and spending released last month. What surprised me more than anything was that whilst HPC usage has obviously grown significantly, there was no mention of the huge environmental and cost implications this would create with the increase in power usage and heat.
The cost of running HPC systems is often far greater than their initial cost. Technology moves on so rapidly that they become more uneconomical at a faster rate.
The limiting factors over the next few years will be where are you going to put them? How are you going to drive them? And how are you going to cool them? Rather than can we build them? An analogy could be to proceed with building a 50,000-seater plane, but could it actually get off the ground? Continue reading