Chassis Plans' white paper explains what High Performance Computing is and why it is critical for many defense, military, and industrial applications.
High-performance computing (HPC) is the use of parallel processing for running advanced software application programs more efficiently and faster and is used for solving advanced mathematical calculations and performing data processing through the use of computer modeling, simulation, and analysis. A HPC system delivers sustained performance through its unique synchronal parallel processing power.
There are several SWaP advantages by introducing the latest GPU technologies into a ruggedized platform.
A single GPU server can process and analyze as much complex video and imaging data as 12 dual CPU servers. This performance benefit can greatly reduce the size of the overall system platform. A fully integrated 2U with single GPU system could be estimated to weigh under 30 lb., while the stack of 12 systems would reduce the overall platform weight by 270 lb. A single 2U system with a single GPU has a power draw of roughly 500 W. In contrast, a 12-system version would have a power draw in the 4,000 W range - saving over 3,500 W in overall power draw.
When comparing size, weight, and power advantages, an HPC configuration is the clear winner.