As one of the leading supplier in units of Intel-processor based server clusters in the HPCC marketplace, Dell has extensive expertise in HPCC design and deployment and offers the following benefits:
- Scalable, cost effective solutions for parallel computing system platforms
- Accelerated & reliable implementation through comprehensive project management
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The Right Approach to High-Performance Computing Clusters (HPCC)
The Right Approach
Dell offers comprehensive services designed to successfully implement your HPCC cluster solution. Our expert consultants utilize proven methodologies to help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure your organization obtains the maximum processing power for your available budget.
Assessment & Design
Dell experts can work with you to determine your application and processing requirements, so that the HPCC cluster architected meets your needs. The design will include a recommendation of optimal components -- including processor and interconnect needs, storage and storage area network (SAN) requirements and systems management and job-scheduling necessities.
HPCC Cluster reference architectures are validated by Dell's Solutions Engineering team. The Scalable Enterprise Computing (SEC) team reviews the type of processing the HPC cluster must perform, and verifies that the proposed equipment stack is the optimal solution for your environment.
When it comes to implementing HPCC cluster solutions, the Dell directive is simple: provide best-in-class quality and value while enhancing your experience with Dell. To that end, our solution architects work hard to understand your business or scientific environments in terms of functional, technical, operational, and business requirements in order to tailor a solution that meets your specific needs.
- Full solution project management to oversee and drive project execution/completion
- Detailed planning and design documentation including solution recommendations, timelines and operational impact windows
- Hardware configuration culminating in server, storage, interconnect, and network operating system (NOS) installation based on Dell/Linux or Microsoft® Windows® configurations
- Solution implementation from the perspectives of hardware, SAN, and HPCC software stack for cluster management
- Product orientation to familiarize you with hardware, software, and solution implementation resources
- Utilize Dell's Merge Center capabilities* to configure hardware components and rack assembly away from your site to ease deployment and help reduce the impact on employee resources.
Take advantage of Dell's HPCC Enterprise Support services - designed to keep your complex HPCC system up and running. For details go to HPCC Enterprise Support.
Take Advantage of Dell's Merge Center Capabilities* The potential chaos incurred during the deployment of a large cluster can degrade and sometimes overwhelm the day-to-day operations of an IT facility. In a typical deployment, trucks arrive at a loading dock and drop off more than a thousand individually packed servers, racks, and interconnect components. Inherent in this approach is the need to divert valuable IT resources just to manage delivery logistics and dispose of the packaging.
To ease deployment, Dell can provide a logistical assembly point where the hardware of an HPCC cluster solution can be received, unboxed, racked, cabled, and tested before being shipped. By using Dell's merge center capabilities, you can get a staging and assembly point-- where much of a large-scale deployment can be managed away from your site, thereby reducing on-site setup time.
Recently, a large university in the Western United States used this technique to successfully deploy an HPCC cluster. Components of the university's HPCC cluster were racked, cabled, and shipped directly from the Austin Merge Center. The university received racks completely assembled and populated, virtually eliminating the need to manually install components and reducing the need to dispose of boxes and packing materials at the university's data center. Before the components were delivered, Dell had conducted an on-site Data Center Environment Assessment to help ensure the university's facilities had the power and cooling capacity for the clusters before they were installed. Dell's service professionals were key to the success of this implementation. Assigned to oversee actual installation at the university, this team helped ensure that deployment went smoothly, that issues were resolved expeditiously, that the university received regular status reports, and that the project stayed on schedule.
*Merge Center capabilities vary by region.