Psychsoftpc is a high performance computer manufacturer in Quincy, MA. We say that a lot in this web site and lots of other places on line, but what does it mean? What is a High Performance Computer anyway and how is it different from regular computer?
Well, with all the advances in processing power and GPU power these days, the distinction is getting blurred. But a high performance computer is distinguished by living on the leading edge, cutting edge, bleeding edge of computing and that's the space that Psychsoftpc plays in. It's a small sandbox in the vast desert that is the computing industry. You won't see cheap, low end computers on our site, we'll leave those to the Dells, HPs and Lenovos of the world. Truth be told, they do a much better job at cheap machines than we could ever do. Probably because we have a hard time choosing cheap, low end parts, it's just not our style. And yes, we know that ppart of engineering is living within limits and budgetary restrictions, it's just that we don't want to.
So, anyway, let's offer some definitions High Performance Computing, shall we:
["Grand Challenges 1993: High Performance Computing and Communications", Committee on Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.] reference.com
"A helpful way to help understand what high performance computers are is to think about the what’s in them. You have all of the elements you’d find on your desktop — processors, memory, disk, operating system — just more of them. High performance computers of interest to small and medium-sized businesses today are really clusters of computers. Each individual computer in a commonly configured small cluster has between one and four processors, and today’s processors typically have from two to four cores. HPC people often refer to the individual computers in a cluster as nodes. A cluster of interest to a small business could have as few as four nodes, or 16 cores. A common cluster size in many businesses is between 16 and 64 nodes, or from 64 to 256 cores...This kind of computing is related to the HPC you might consider for your business in the way that Formula One racers are related to your Camry. They are both cars, but that’s about where the similarity ends." InsideHPC.com
"There’s no fixed definition of how powerful a computer needs to be for it to be considered as ‘high performance’. This is because the performance of microprocessors has increased in an exponential way for many years, so any such definition is out of date quickly. It’s more usual to consider a computer to be high performance if uses multiple processors (tens, hundreds or even thousands) connected together by some kind of network to achieve well above the performance of a single processor. Using multiple processors in this way is sometimes called parallel computing. The highest performing machines in 2010 use hundreds of thousands of processing cores and are capable of 1015 floating point operations per second (this is refered to as a ‘petaflop). This is 1000 times more than the most powerful machine of 2000, which in turn was 1000 times more than a decade before that. Experts predict that exascale computers (capable of 1018 operations per second) will be in existence before 2020." PlanetHPC.eu
Graphics Workstation "A high-performance, single-user computer typically used for graphics, CAD, software development and scientific applications. It may also refer to a high-end PC using Intel or AMD CPUs from any PC vendor. In all cases, the term implies a machine with a fast CPU and large amounts of memory and disk that is geared toward the professional user rather than the consumer." PCMag
"A gaming computer (also gaming PC and sometimes called a gaming rig) is a personal computer that is capable of playing computationally demanding video games. Gaming computers are very similar to conventional PCs, with the main difference being the addition of performance-oriented components such as a high-end CPU and one or more video cards. Gaming computers are often associated with enthusiast computing due to an overlap in interests. However, while a gaming PC is built to achieve performance for actual gameplay, enthusiast PCs are built to maximize performance, using games as a benchmark." Wikipedia
"The Tesla Personal Supercomputer is a desktop computer (personal supercomputer) that is backed by Nvidia and built by Dell, Lenovo and other companies.[Psychsoftpc] It is meant to be a demonstration of the capabilities of Nvidia's Tesla GPGPU brand; it utilizes NVIDIA's CUDA parallel computing architecture and is powered by up to 2688 parallel processing cores per GPGPU, which allow it to achieve speeds up to 250 times faster than standard PCs, according to Nvidia." Wikipedia
So there you have it. Some idea of what we are all about. The next time you are thinking about High Performance Computers, and you will, think about us.
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