Working in this industry, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the bytes and pieces and lose sight of the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that high performance computing (HPC) is critical for maintaining a competitive advantage in multiple industries — literally from A-Z.At Platform Computing we thought it would be a good idea to start brainstorming the many ways that HPC could be used to help a range of industries. Are there industries in desperate need of an HPC solution? For example, the UK could certainly benefit from advanced HPC to more accurately model its weather to help avoid “snow chaos.”We’ve started to think about an HPC alphabet, and actually have most of it covered. We have to admit that we’re struggling a little with Q and Y, but let me start with A...Automation – One of our customers, Red Bull Racing, is using HPC for computer-aided design and engineering processes for its winning Formula One Cars.Animation – HPC can be used to accelerate the design process for animated films; it boosts the processing power significantly helping to create more realistic images and effects.We’d be very interested in hearing your ideas... Architecture? Archaeology? Aeronautics?Louise Westoby, Platform Computing Product Marketing ManagerLouise Westoby is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Platform Computing and a respected expert in the High Performance Computing (HPC) industry. In her role at Platform, she aligns Platform’s HPC solutions with the needs of a diverse and expanding customer base to deliver new products to the market. Prior to Platform Computing, Westoby honed her skills as a Product Manager at SGI, successfully bringing to market two key product lines. Westoby holds an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis.