HPC now stretches across several verticals and markets, including commercial, industrial and consumer use cases. The reality is that HPC is essentially responsible for much of today’s product development, which is why the use cases spread across a diverse and highly engaged landscape.
HPC is especially relevant in the banking, financial services and insurance industry for myriad reasons, such as predicting stock trends, improving fraud protection, managing operational risks, achieving sustainable growth, providing new competencies and complying with regulatory requirements.
A financial services firm, for instance, can use HPC to increase risk analysis accuracy and automate manual tasks. HPC can also help investment management firms, banks and other financial institutions make informed decisions about anything from default risks on bonds to how major societal, environmental and political events will affect stock prices. When combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning, HPC can help banks analyze customer debit and credit card purchases to implement methods to reduce churn and fraud costs as well as boost customer support efforts. For instance, if a bank picks up on a charge in a different city, the advanced technology can determine that the customer is at low risk of fraud because they booked a flight to that location on the same card. This saves the bank from automatically declining the card and irritating the customer.
With massive amounts of sensitive consumer data on file, financial services organizations often use HPC to securely analyze and store confidential information. As such, organizations in an increasingly complex BFSI industry can utilize HPC managed services to improve operational accuracy, efficiency and security.
AI and machine learning
Developers use massive data sets to train machine learning models, and advanced computing power accelerates the process and allows for larger and more complex models. As such, the convergence of AI, machine learning and HPC can drive major tech innovations, including credit card fraud protection solutions, voice recognition software and autonomous vehicles.
One self-driving car, for example, generates terabytes of data each day. HPC systems are required to process such massive amounts of data at a rate that allows the autonomous vehicles to make quick decisions that mimic the ones people have to make behind the wheel.
With AI impacting organizations in several industries, there are multiple opportunities for HPC systems and services to improve processes in areas like precision medicine, personalized marketing, business intelligence and technological innovation.
Media and entertainment
Rooted in technological capabilities, media and entertainment companies can use HPC clusters for advanced editing, visual effects and gamification. For instance, visual effects studios utilize HPC to render complex animations for movies and games and create computer-generated imagery for major motion pictures.
High-performance media servers are also essential for the large format high-definition video displays at major entertainment venues that support concerts, performances, sports games, award shows, live virtual reality and other high-profile events. They provide increased bandwidth networking, ultra-fast flash storage and live-steam support that allow the screens to display high-resolution images in real time.
Government and defense
While not new to advanced computing, the government and defense sector is still experiencing some of the most rapid adoptions of HPC systems and services. The Grand View Research HPC market report predicted the segment will experience the fastest growth between 2018 and 2025, expanding at a CAGR of more than 8%. Government agencies implement HPC to improve computing efficiency, promote economic development and support digitization initiatives. Defense agencies are especially interested in using HPC for cutting-edge IT solutions that enhance efficiency in real-time data acquisition and analysis, emergency preparations, disaster modeling and analysis, security and surveillance, encryption and decryption of confidential information as well as situational simulations.
Scientists can also use HPC resources to develop, test and analyze military tools and technologies, such as vehicles, weapons and armor. For instance, supercomputers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory fuel innovations.
“Supercomputing provides a technological advantage for DOD projects,” according to Dr. Raju Namburu, the director of the ARL Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center. “It helps to reduce costs by reducing reliance on expensive and destructive live experiments and prototype demonstrations. We empower researchers to solve the most difficult military operational challenges through advanced computing.”
In fact, army researchers leveraged HPC resources to develop a vehicular armor upgrade kit for military personnel stationed in Iraq. The speedy computations resulted in a 20% reduction in fatalities, as well as three to four times faster deployment rates of the upgraded kits.
Federal governments also generally have programs in place with funding dedicated to big data initiatives, such as the National Strategic Computing Initiative in the U.S. These dedicated programs are one of the primary reasons why North America is home to the largest share of the HPC market, although the Asia-Pacific region is quickly catching up.
Drive growth with end-to-end HPC services
With unending volumes of data, enterprises can no longer rely on legacy technology to process, analyze and store information. What’s more, tech-savvy customers’ abilities and preferences are steadily rising, putting pressure on companies to exceed heightened expectations. Highly competitive landscapes give organizations more reason to adopt the latest advancements in computing power to make informed business decisions and deliver the products and services that drive the desired growth and success.
As such, implementing the latest HPC resources is a smart investment for today’s organizations. HPC managed services enable organizations to gather the insights they need from solutions without burdening internal teams with infrastructure sourcing, management and maintenance. Outsourcing time consuming elements reveal a cost-effective, high core count, performance-based HPC environment that empowers organizations with seamless scalability and increased security
Samsung SDS offers end-to-end managed HPC services and solutions that allow IT departments to focus on the tasks they do best, including managing applications, services and data. As a reliable extension to the IT team, Samsung HPC solution architects source, build and manage to meet organization-specific needs. The suite of services also include comprehensive management and security, plus fault-tolerant operation with 24/7 manned network operation centers.
Samsung SDS’ industry-agnostic managed services solution can help organizations in varying verticals grow exponentially based on business demand. Partnering with Samsung SDS grants companies world-class infrastructure and HPC solutions.
George Milner is a Solutions Architect for Samsung SDS' HPC Managed Services.