HPC-as-a-service with HPE GreenLake isn’t just viable, it’s game-changing

By Max Alt, Distinguished Technologist – Director of Hybrid HPC

July 26, 2021

Computing has in many cases evolved into a utility that is easy for everyone to access and use. However, high-performance computing (HPC) is one of the most stubborn resistors of this change. For many organizations, it remains costly to buy, and both complex and time-consuming to manage.

Why not just move HPC workloads to the public cloud? That’s easier said than done, because workloads depend on low latency data movement, powerful processing, and high availability of server resources. None of these come easy via public cloud services.

But there is good news. Now you can keep HPC on premises, where it runs best, and consume it as a simple, flexible, and powerful service. And you can bring cloud-like attributes to HPC, like consumption-based economics and flexible managed infrastructure.

HPE GreenLake for HPC is the solution that makes this possible, delivering powerful business outcomes such as:

  • 75% faster HPC project deployment[1]
  • 40% lower capex for HPC solutions[2]
  • Leading-edge HPC performance with AMD EPYC processors, which are tightly integrated with HPE technologies[3]

Here’s how HPE GreenLake is changing ideas about what an HPC-as-a-service solution can be.

Service you can see, touch, depend on

HPC workloads are often business critical. If you’re in manufacturing, life sciences, healthcare, energy, or another science-focused industry, perhaps implementing these HPC workloads create your competitive advantage.

But HPC infrastructure is complex to deploy, manage, and tune on a daily basis, and this complexity can hurt competitiveness. It is also expensive to buy and upgrade.

HPE GreenLake for HPC takes away these costs – without hurting performance or control.

HPE GreenLake provides a pay-per-use model for IT, with no big up-front costs, flexibility to upgrade and scale when you need to. Infrastructure is managed by HPE. But you can still locate your HPC servers at your data center, or wherever you need them.

So, the challenges of self-managed HPC are solved:

  • Up-front purchase costs? You can align costs to business outcomes, with predictable monthly billing. You only pay for the technology you consume.
  • Cost of managing HPC infrastructure? Let HPE take care of it.
  • Inflexible scaling and upgrades? Scale up or down and upgrade when you like.
  • Incompatibility of HPC with cloud/as-a-service models? Your workloads run on premises, on industry-leading HPE systems.

As you can imagine, this creates significant value for business. And with cloud-like attributes delivered on premises, plus HPE’s expertise in the world of HPC, you get a real advantage over public cloud alternatives.

What it means for business

HPC infrastructure is now much more agile, because:

  • You can right-size your solution and plan for future growth using HPE consumption analytics tools
  • Buffer capacity is ready on site, which is only paid for when in use – so your TCO is lower
  • You can scale up or down quickly to serve changing needs and new projects
  • You can acquire any HPE HPC infrastructure with GreenLake – you choose whether to deploy a standard or custom solution.

And you can simplify the daily operation of HPC systems, because:

  • You have expert support to optimize HPC workloads, including containerization
  • Provisioning HPC resources is fast and easy, with the GreenLake Central portal
  • You can access professional, workload-specific services needed to achieve HPC goals for performance and resilience
  • Availability is protected, with downtime-free maintenance that leverages your capacity buffer

Stack up the advantages

Consuming HPC as a service isn’t a compromise or a wish-list item anymore. HPE GreenLake for HPC delivers leading on-premises performance and cloud-like agility. And there’s no need to tradeoff between a cloud experience and the optimizations, data security, and transparent costs of on-premises infrastructure.

But there’s more to know. If you’re interested in HPC as a service, click below for resources to help you take the next step.

More on the topic: HPC as a Service to Accelerate Transformational Growth business paper

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Additional resources

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You can also email your questions and comments to hybridhpcsolutions@hpe.com.

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Max Alt
Distinguished Technologist – Director of Hybrid HPC
HPC & MCS Business Segment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Max Alt is Distinguished Technologist and Director of Hybrid HPC, leading cloud-oriented HPC aaS initiatives including the GreenLake Cloud Services for HPC offering we will be launching in Q3 2021. Prior to joining HPE, Max was SVP AI & HPC Technology at Core Scientific who acquired Atrio in 2020 where Max was the CEO & Founder. Atrio created a leading-edge hybrid cloud platform for HPC orchestration, cluster and container management.

Max has a unique background with almost 30 years of experience in software performance technologies and high performance computing. He is both an entrepreneur and a large-scale enterprise leader. Max founded several tech start-ups in the Bay area and he spent 18 years at Intel in various engineering and leadership roles including developing next generation super-computing technologies. Max’s strongest expertise are in computer and server architectures, cloud technologies, operating systems, compilers and software engineering. Max received his BS in Math and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University and his Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


[1] Sourced from a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, The Total Economic Impact of HPE GreenLake, May 2020 Link https://issuu.com/hpeseo/docs/business_white_paper_-_the_total_economic_impact_o/3

[2] Sourced from a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, The Total Economic Impact of HPE GreenLake, May 2020 Link https://issuu.com/hpeseo/docs/business_white_paper_-_the_total_economic_impact_o/3

[3] Visit: https://www.amd.com/en/campaigns/amd-and-hpe

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