Intel-supported Open HPC stack to land in Q4

Shrink-wrapped software stack for big ironmongers

Along with its Knights Landing chips landing, Intel has unveiled its first implementation of the Open HPC environment.

The Intel HPC Orchestrator is a validated software stack designed to give big iron admins the kind of out-of-the-box support more familiar to the enterprise server customer. It wraps up the Open HPC software core and APIs with Intel-specific components (for example, OmniPath support).

Intel also hopes third parties and ISVs will come along for the ride, and to make their lives easier, Intel will handle update distribution so the partners don't have to.

First on board with Chipzilla is SUSE, which is going to distributed its Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing as part of the orchestrator.

The Intel/SUSE collaboration will land as code in the fourth quarter, when HPC Orchestrator is unleashed on the waiting world.

Intel cites a supporting IDC study that says system software is the most expensive piece of putting together an HPC system, at nearly 30 per cent compared to the 20 per cent of cost in the hardware.

In its first iteration, the HPC Orchestrator will target systems that would qualify at position 50 or below on the Top500 list, Intel reckons.

A flagship version for high-end HPC with tens of thousands of nodes is planned for the future.

Intel's also offering HPC Orchestrator-validated build-to-order server configs here. ®

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