If you listen to IDC talk about HPC, they will talk about “the missing middle”, which is basically a marketing term for a market segment that isn’t being well addressed by HPC vendors with clusters.
It is being addressed by some (hint: the day job) in a variety of ways. An article at InsideHPC by Rich Brueckner gave it a good contextual background, in terms of historical trends in HPC tending to favor the lower cost deployments of processing power. After all, to paraphrase Doug Eadline, a cycle is a cycle is a cycle …
What Intel seems to have discovered, is something we’ve been delivering for years, actually in an expanded sense to what they are piloting. Build muscular workstations with identical spec’s to the servers and add graphics/keyboard/mouse, place them on engineers desks, or right near them. Then let them run.
Of course you want to run Linux on these. If you are like me, you run windows … in a window. See below for my desktop snapshot of exactly this case.
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