High Performance Computing for Business in Three Phases

Below you will find details on what High Performance Computing is and the three phases of business adoption we work with at Computed Value: Discovery, Development & Delivery.

What is HPC?

HPC is short for High Performance Computing. It's a means to an end. It is the practice of using computers at scale to solve complex computational problems quickly. The end though, is all about valuable insights.

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a specialized field of computing that focuses on aggregating computing power in a way that delivers much greater performance than one could get out of a typical desktop or workstation. This is achieved through the use of supercomputers and computer clusters—networks of computers that work together to perform very large tasks. HPC is used for solving advanced computational problems that are beyond the scope of ordinary computing tasks. It is commonly employed in scientific research, engineering, and large-scale simulations, where massive amounts of data need to be processed quickly or where complex problems need to be solved in a reasonable timeframe.

HPC differs from "normal IT" infrastructure in several key ways. While traditional IT typically focuses on supporting day-to-day business operations, such as email, file storage, and database management, HPC is designed for processing computationally intensive tasks. In contrast to regular IT, HPC environments are tailored to maximize computational speed and efficiency, often using cutting-edge technology and specialized hardware to support a smaller number of highly demanding applications. This makes HPC more suited for tasks that require analyzing large datasets, running complex simulations, or any other high-throughput computing tasks.


Insights from HPC creates value, but exactly how is very specific to your company. This phase is all about indentifying where HPC brings most value for you.

The Discovery Phase is the initial stage in integrating High Performance Computing (HPC) into a business operations. This phase is foundational because it's where the potential applications and benefits of HPC for a specific business are identified and assessed. Understanding that each business's needs, challenges, and objectives are unique, the Discovery Phase takes a personalized approach to evaluate how HPC can specifically benefit that business. Here's a breakdown of the key elements and processes involved in the Discovery Phase:

Collaborative Exploration: The process begins with a collaborative effort between Computed Value and the business stakeholders at your company. This partnership is essential for sharing knowledge and insights about the business's operational challenges and objectives. The goal here is to create a mutual understanding of what the business aims to achieve and how HPC might play a role in facilitating those achievements.

Analysis of Unique Data Sets: Since modern businesses generate and store vast amounts of data, a significant part of the Discovery Phase involves analyzing these unique data sets. The analysis helps in understanding the types of data the business deals with, the processing it requires, and the insights the business aims to extract from it. This step is critical because the value HPC brings is often directly tied to its ability to process and analyze data at speeds and scales that traditional computing can't match.

Capabilities of Contemporary HPC Technologies: Finally, the Discovery Phase involves a detailed exploration of the latest HPC technologies and how they can be leveraged to meet the identified business needs. This includes evaluating different HPC architectures, software, and tools that are best suited for the business's specific data processing and computational tasks. The aim is to devise a tailored HPC solution that not only aligns with the business's current needs but is also scalable to meet future demands.


HPC solutions run on hardware and software build for performance. That requires special skills. This phase is all about implementing and running HPC solutions proposed in the discovery phase.

The Development Phase is a critical stage in the integration of High Performance Computing (HPC) into business operations. It's here that the conceptual understanding of HPC's potential benefits, garnered during the Discovery Phase, transitions into tangible, technical solutions tailored to address specific business challenges. This phase involves the creation of bespoke software or the adaptation of existing tools to leverage the power of HPC, focusing on exploiting scale, speed, or specialized hardware to drive business value. The aim is to develop solutions that not only meet the current needs but are also scalable and adaptable to future challenges.

High Performance Computing is inherently complex, given its reliance on cutting-edge technology and the need for significant computational resources. Developing HPC solutions requires a deep understanding of both the hardware and software components of these systems. Specialized knowledge in parallel computing, distributed systems, and optimization techniques is essential to harness the full potential of HPC. Businesses often encounter challenges related to data management, computational efficiency, and integrating HPC solutions into existing IT infrastructures. These challenges necessitate expertise in a range of areas, from algorithm optimization to system architecture design.

The expertise mentioned is crucial for the implementation and operation of HPC solutions. Implementing HPC technologies can involve configuring complex networks of computers, ensuring efficient data storage and retrieval systems, and establishing robust communication protocols between different components of the HPC cluster. Operating these systems at an optimal level requires continuous monitoring and support. This ensures that the HPC infrastructure remains effective in delivering the desired outcomes, whether that's accelerating time-to-insight for data analysis tasks or enabling more complex simulations than were previously possible.

This phase is where the potential of HPC to transform business operations becomes a reality, enabling companies to achieve significant competitive advantages through improvements in speed, scale, and new insights. It underscores the value of partnering with experts who can navigate the complexities of HPC, ensuring that the technology is not just an expensive investment but a strategic asset driving forward business success.


As the HPC solutions become increasingly critical for the business, the business sets higher quallity requirements. This phase is all about ensuring the delivery of the HPC solution is matching those quality requirements.

The Delivery Phase marks a critical transition where High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, once developed, become integral to the core operations of your business. This phase underscores the transformation of HPC from a supportive or experimental technology to a central system that is essential for daily operations, strategic decision-making, and maintaining competitive advantage. At this stage, the reliability, efficiency, and robustness of the HPC infrastructure are paramount, as any downtime or inefficiency could lead to significant operational disruptions and financial losses. The focus shifts towards ensuring that the system can meet the high quality standards required for seamless business continuity.

Quality requirements such as availability, time-to-solution, and business continuation take center stage during the Delivery Phase. Availability ensures that the HPC system is up and running whenever needed, minimizing downtime and ensuring that critical computational tasks can be performed without delay. Time-to-solution is crucial for maintaining operational efficiency, as it measures how quickly the system can process data and deliver results, directly impacting decision-making processes and productivity. Business continuation plans are vital for preparing for any potential system failures or disasters, ensuring that the business can maintain operations with minimal interruption.

In addition to operational efficiency and reliability, data governance and compliance become increasingly important in the Delivery Phase. As HPC systems often process large volumes of sensitive or critical data, ensuring that data handling practices meet regulatory standards and internal policies is essential. This includes managing data access, ensuring data privacy, and maintaining data integrity. Proper data governance ensures that the data used and generated by the HPC system is reliable, secure, and used ethically, supporting trust and compliance in business operations.

To address these complex requirements, Computed Value is developing NEXUS, a comprehensive framework designed specifically for Business HPC. NEXUS aims to integrate the technical sophistication of HPC solutions with the operational, governance, and compliance needs of businesses. By focusing on these aspects, NEXUS seeks to provide a seamless, secure, and efficient environment for implementing and operating HPC solutions, ensuring that businesses can leverage the full potential of HPC technology while maintaining high standards of quality, reliability, and compliance. This framework represents a forward-thinking approach to bridging the gap between high-performance computing capabilities and business operational needs, ensuring that companies can rely on their HPC systems as a central component of their business infrastructure.