Nor-Tech Innovates Entry Level Supercomputers for Business, Research with Open Source Software

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Nor-Tech developed an entry level HPC cluster integrated with open-source software to bring powerful compute technology within the budget of most businesses and research facilities.

Nor-Tech's HPC Cluster Team

Nor-Tech's HPC Cluster Team

For businesses that have been trying to get by with desktops and workstations, this is a smart way to transition to an HPC cluster.

With the development of an entry level HPC cluster integrated with software that has no licensing fees, Nor-Tech innovated powerful compute technology that falls within the budgets of most businesses and research facilities. This is a highly scalable, cost-effective way for organizations to gain competitive advantage with high performance computing.

Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig said, “For businesses that have been trying to get by with desktops and workstations, this is a smart way to transition to an HPC cluster. These organizations will find that they will have significantly more computing power at a lower cost than continuing to cobble together a network of desktops and workstations.”

    Features of Nor-Tech’s entry level clusters include:

  •     Quick return on investment
  •     Quiet, runs on standard power, and has wheels--so it can be used anywhere; in an office, classroom, laboratory, etc.
  •     Easy Bare Metal Recovery
  •     Runs Windows or Linux
  •     Integration with open-source ParaView and OpenFOAM available; no initial or recurring licensing fees

ParaView is a multi-platform data analysis and visualization application that was first released in 2002. It was developed to analyze extremely large (petascale) datasets using distributed memory computing resources. Users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. Data exploration can be performed interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities.

For organizations with engineering and scientific applications, OpenFOAM is a CFD application that has been in widespread use since 2004. It has a large loyal user base across commercial and academic organizations. It features a full array of tools that solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence, and heat transfer to acoustics, solid mechanics, and electromagnetics.

Nor-Tech is renowned for easy to deploy turnkey clusters and expert, no wait time support. These entry-level clusters and all of the company’s technology are made by Nor-Tech in Minnesota and supported by Nor-Tech around the world.

Nor-Tech also builds larger clusters that have enabled the world’s most innovative technology. In addition to HPC clusters, Nor-Tech’s custom technology includes workstations, desktops, and servers for a range of applications including CAE, CFD, and FEA. Nor-Tech engineers average 20+ years of experience and are responsible for significant high performance computing innovations. The company has been in business since 1998 and is headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. just outside of Minneapolis. To contact Nor-Tech call 952-808-1000/toll free: 877-808-1010. For more information on the affordable, cost effective entry level cluster, along with specs, visit Nor-Tech’s Entry Level Cluster Page.

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