HPC at Dell engineers and architects are very active people who have a passion for high-performance computing (HPC)—hey, who doesn't? This page provides links to blogs and articles written by Dell engineers and architects. They love feedback, so if you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to ask. There are multiple people writing blogs about HPC at Dell:

  • Glen Otero writes the Science and Silicon: Smarter Conversations blog
  • Jeff Layton writes the Dell HPC blog
  • Dell HPC engineers writes the High Performance by Design blog
  • Mark Fernandez writes the Large-Scale HPC blog
  • Blake Gonzales writes the Industrial Strength HPC blog
  • Scott Collier writes the HPC for Systems Administrators blog
  • Calvin Jacob contributes to the High Performance by Design blog and works out of the Bangalore Design Center
  • Saeed Iqbal writes on GPUs

While everyone is talking about HPC, everyone has their own particular take on HPC. Take a look at the Meet the Gang link to learn more about each blogger.

HPC at Dell Guest Blog

Blogs written by HPC innovators & influencers including end-users, developers and others with a unique perspective on the world of supercomputing.

HPC at Dell Guest Blog

GPGPU Computing: Here Come the Tools 09-20-2010
A Unified User Interface for the Lustre File System - The Terascala Management Console 08-18-2010
Univ. of Louisville: Using High Performance Computing for Personalized Medicine 08-16-2010
HPC Advisory Council Announces 2nd Annual China High-Performance Computing Workshop Program - 8-02-2010
Dell Partners with the University of Cambridge to Deliver Power of HPC to Researchers - 07-21-2010
Enabling Discovery Events Translate into Community Forums - 07-09-2010
Paving the Road to Exascale - Part 2 of many - 06-28-2010
Paving the Road to Exascale - Part 1 of many - 06-15-2010
CAC: Scientists Leverage Experimental MATLAB Resources Powered by Dell - 06-09-2010
Seeking Nominations for HPC Advisory Council Awards at ISC’10 - 05-18-2010
HPC Advisory Council: Attend the HPC Advisory Council European Workshop, May 30th, Hamburg, Germany - 04-23-2010
Guest Blogger TACC: Real World Examples of HPC Working to Improve Human Health 04-14-2010
Guest Blogger TACC: Visualization in HPC - Seeing is Understanding - 03-04-2010

Science and Silicon: Smarter Conversations

This blog, written by Glen Otero, presents some technical things.

Science and Silicon: Smarter Conversations

SciPy 2010 Conference Wrap-up and Thoughts - 07-22-2010
And now for something completely different … Enthought Python’s Flying Circus - 06-23-2010
Autism-Vaccine Doctor Credibility Dealt Another Blow - 06-03-2010
SciPy 2010 Overview & Call for Presenters - 04-12-2010
Some thoughts on the purported links between vaccines and autism - 03-09-2010
11-12-2009 - Getting Ready for SC09!

Dell HPC Blog

This blog, written by Jeff Layton, also presents some technical things.

Dell HPC Blog


Scripting in HPC Using Python: Part 1 - Quick Introduction 06-07-2010
PetaFLOPS for the Common Man Pt 5- Challenges with PetaFLOPS scale systems 03-31-2010
PetaFLOPS for the Common Man Pt 4- What could hybrid PetaFLOPS systems look like? 03-24-2010
PetaFLOPS for the Common Man (Pt 3- In the next few years, what could PetaFLOPS systems look like?) - 03-10-2010
02-24-2010 -- PetaFLOPS for the Common Man (Pt 2- What do current PetaFLOPS systems look like?)
02-16-2010 -- PetaFLOPS for the Common Man (Pt 1- Who Nees PetaFLOPS & Why?)
01-22-2010 -- PetaFLOPS for the Common Man (Introduction)
4-08-2009 - Nehalem and Memory Configurations
4-06-2009 - Introduction to Nehalem-EP

2-19-2009 - File System Aging - What You Didn't Know


Link to archive blog posts:
(HPC at Dell Blog Archive)

High Performance by Design

This blog is written maintained by the Dell HPCC Engineering team. You will read topics around what the engineers are doing and what they have learned. Great stuff for understanding what's going on in Dell HPCC Engineering

High Performance By Design

NAMD performance on PE C6100 and C410X - 10-14-2011

Performance of the Dell PE C6100 and C410x based GPU Solution - 10-3-2011

Performance of the Dell PE C6145 and C410x based GPU Solution - 10-3-2011

Advantages of GPUDirect on the HSG Model - 4-26-2011
Whitepaper: DELL™ PowerVault™ MD1200 Performance as a Network File System (NFS) Backend Storage Solution - 06-3-2010
Comparing Different PV1200 Connection Topologies 4-7-2010
3-24-2010 -- A Comparison of Ext2, Ext3 and Ext4 Performance

10-26-2009 -- HPC: the next 20 years
10-9-2009 -- Impact of C1E on PowerEdge 11G Servers

9-8-2009 -- iSCSI for HPC

8-26-2009 -- HPCC in Paradise

8-24-2009 -- BIOS Optimization for HPC on 11G

7-8-2009 -- Memory Wall

7-2-2009 -- 11G -- As Good As Advertised?

Large-Scale HPC

This blog, written by Mark Fernandez, talks about issues arising in larger scale systems.

Large-Scale HPC

Nodes, Sockets, Cores and FLOPS, Oh, My ... -- 03-08-2010
01-28-2010 -- Overcoming the Fear, Costs & Support Commitment of PetaFLOPS Systems
01-13-2010 -- The Next Decade Will Intertwine Most Science & Engineering Research with Supercomputing

Industrial Strength HPC

This blog, written by Blake Gonzales, talks about issues around designing, administering, running, and architecting clusters from someone with a background in commercial HPC.

Industrial Strength HPC


Multicore in HPC - Where will we stand in 10 years? 08-23-2010
HPC Design – Will You be Needing any Processors with your Cluster Today? 07-19-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 11 - File Systems 07-07-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 10 - Job Scheduling 06-22-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 9 - Boot Nodes 06-08-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 8 - Compute Nodes 05-24-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 7 - Login/Head Nodes 05-10-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 6 - Memory 04-16-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 5 - Cooling 03-24-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 4 - Power Distribution - 03-15-2010

Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 3 - Clustered System Infrastructure -
03-01-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 2 - Clustered Systems - 02-01-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability: Part 1 SMP Systems - 01-19-2010
Architecting HPC Systems for Fault Tolerance and Reliability (Introduction to a multi-part series) - 01-11-2010

HPC for Systems Administrators

Written by Scott Collier, this blog includes good technical content aimed at helping systems administrators.

HPC for Systems Administrators

Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution 06-16-2010
How I Use SSH Port Forwarding 06-14-2010
Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution Part I
05-03-2010
HPC TECH TIP: Keeping Your Cluster Consistent - 04-06-2010
HPC TECH TIP: Updating Your Compute Nodes Firmware Via PXE - 03-12-2010
HPC TECH TIP: Infiniband Connectivity Testing - 02-26-2010
02-10-2010 -- Changing BIOS Settings with SYSCFG from the DTK - 02-10-2010

HPC Chinese Blogs


HPC Chinese Blogs

ChinaGrid2010 held in Guangzhou, China July 16, 2010 08-11-2010
Explore Origins of the Universe with Dell High-Performance Computing Platform 09-02-2010