Liked my article today in HPC Wire "Secrets of the Supercomputers"? I firmly poke fun at various elements of an imaginary supercomputer procurement process. However, I'm sure many readers will also see familiar and painfully serious aspects in the fictional story.
As I mention at the bottom of that article, NAG can help make the process of buying HPC systems much better than the worrying case in the article.
For example, the tutorial I ran at SC13 with Terry Hewitt titled "Effective Procurement of HPC Systems" was very popular (~100 attendees). We have provided similar training as part of consulting engagements and we are now looking at running the tutorial again as an open short course.
NAG can also provide other training courses (we did a press release on our upcoming schedule today) including "Essential HPC for Buyers, Managers, and R&D Leaders".
And, of course, NAG provides a full range of HPC consulting services to help with all aspects of the HPC acquisition process - from strategy, through technology and benchmarking, procurement, and in-service application support and performance. NAG's assured independence, established impartiality and strong community relationships guarantee customers the best results and business impact.
NAG's proven expertise and experience in this area is further strengthened by our strategic partnership with Red Oak Consulting - announced recently. Together, NAG and Red Oak have a market-leading capability - based on experience and proven across diverse application areas - and can help customers throughout HPC or numerical software life cycle: strategy and planning | technology evaluation | procurement | deployment | application migration & testing | application performance | production use and support | service review and management | ongoing innovation.
Might we be able to help you? Or know someone who needs help? Get in touch either via the traditional channels (www.nag.com/contact_us.asp) or the new-fangled ones (@nagtalk or @hpcnotes).