Feeds

At what point do servers become HPC beasts?

El Reg barometer survey. Your input needed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Tech Panel From time to time, The Register commissions its own "barometer surveys", to gauge the impact of technologies on our readers' working lives

Today, we launch a new barometer survey, to track high-end servers and HPC, or high performance computers, the name by which low- and mid-range supercomputers go by these days. We will run this annually to track market changes, but we need your help to make this a meaningful piece of research.

The lines between big servers used for general purpose computing and high performance computers are blurring: received wisdom is that the technologies are commoditising and coalescing around x86, Linux clustering and virtualization. But does this chime with reality? To many, Linux clusters are still a black art - is this an opportunity for Johny-come-lately Microsoft. Is it really over for Unix platforms and non x86 chips? Where do IBM mainframes sit?

You get the picture. The full survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is a tale of two halves. Act 1 explores the server environment and the platforms you are working with. You can end the survey at this point, or join us for Act 2 as we drill down to HPC. We will publish the headline results in two or three weeks and push out a full report by the end of the year.

Thanks in advance to all our respondents.

Click here to start the survey. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.