Tech – Buzzwords: High Performance Computing
This is a term that was originally associated with mainframe computers around the time of the arrival of the PC. Before that mainframes could be considered high, medium and low performance as they were the sole computing option.
HPC is significant because it can be used to study events that would otherwise be expensive to conduct in the real world (crashing a plane) or predicting the outcome of complex systems (the weather, stock prices).
Again it’s not a new concept, but hasn’t yet entered mainstream IT jargon.
As the price of technology drops and the need to model volatility increases, the demand for HPC will increase. Increasingly this will become the domain of Cloud service providers.