Innovative HPC Solutions from Nor-Tech

Nor-Tech’s groundbreaking HPC Solutions have been at the forefront of innovation for more than a decade.

Nor-Tech offers a variety of HPC clusters, including standard 42U rackmount clusters, GPU clusters and visualization clusters, as well as the award-winning Portable Cluster. Nor-Tech has developed and built clusters for a wide range of scientific applications, including projects funded by the NSF, NIH and DARPA. Check out our library of Case Studies for more on these exciting projects.

Recently, Nor-Tech has led the charge in the development of GPU/CUDA/OpenCL Clusters, and worked with other innovators to improve benchmarking software for GPUs.

Nor-Tech’s HPC clusters are changing the world through…

  • The detection of the first gravitational wave that ultimately confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
  • The discovery of the origin of the universe through the study of cataclysmic astrophysical events involving exploding stars and black holes
  • The search for Alzheimer’s and PTSD cures
  • Research into Type II Diabetes
  • The design and ultimate development of a futuristic transportation system
  • The successful development of cars that fly
  • The design and development of the world’s fastest luxury airplanes
  • The design and development of a revolutionary combustion motor
  • Research into hydropower and wind energy
  • The exploration of oil and gas fields through onsite field data analysis
  • Weather research and forecasting
  • Research into nucleation and crystallization
  • Research into the reduction of aircraft noise and airline safety
  • The development of molecular computational methods and reactive processes
  • Research into the stabilization and formulation of biopharmaceuticals
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    Nor-Tech Personal Cluster Model 1807

    Custom Configured with OpenHPC Cluster Management Suite & Job Scheduler | icon-pdf Personal Cluster Model 1807

    Clusters are available with any of the following software installed and configured:

    • Windows Server 2019/HPC
    • Various Linux Distro’s of CentOS, RHEL, SUSE, Fedora Core, Ubuntu etc.
    • OpenHPC Cluster Management Suite
    • PBS Pro/Open
    • Bright Cluster Manager
    • MPI, MPICH
    • Ganglia
    • InfiniBand Intra-cluster Networking
    • Viz Cluster options are available
    • IPMI management options are available


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    In a nutshell:

    • We start with the right tools for the job such as HPC-class RAM memory and Enterprise/Datacenter hard drives.
    • All clusters leave Nor-Tech already set to the client’s IP and DNS scheme; setup is plug & play at the client site.
    • We ensure each cluster is fully configured and ready to deploy when it leaves our facility.
    • We provide a complete set of references including user manuals, a network topology guide, and a Visio drawing.
    • We label all cables with ID tags on both ends.
    • We provide a customized bare metal cluster recovery disk.
    • Every client is asked to log into their new cluster just after burn-in completion to verify operation and setup users.
    • We assist clients with job script creation.
    • Our clusters all ship with Storage Guard to alert clients before their clusters run out of space; and ambient temperature monitoring and protection to protect clusters in the event air conditioning fails.
    • Our clients have the option of an onsite spare parts closet for minimum down time in the event of a hardware failure.
    • We guarantee no wait-time support.
    • Everything we sell is built by us in Minnesota and supported by us around the world.

    Studies Conclude: On-Prem HPC Makes More Sense than Cloud

    There is a plethora of superficial information about the benefits of cloud over on-prem HPC. However two U.S. government entities with the resources to thoroughly research this topic both concluded that, for most high level applications, on-prem HPC makes more sense than cloud.

    The NASA Trade Study

    Evaluating the Suitability of Commercial Clouds for NASA’s High Performance Computing Applications: A Trade Study

    Finding 1:Tightly-coupled, multi-node applications from the NASA workload take somewhat more time when run on cloud-based nodes connected with HPC-level interconnects; they take significantly more time when run on cloud-based nodes that use conventional, Ethernet-based interconnects.

    Finding 2: The per-hour full cost of HECC resources is cheaper than the (compute-only) spot price of similar resources at AWS and significantly cheaper than the (compute-only) price of similar resources at POD.

    Finding 3: Commercial clouds do not offer a viable, cost-effective approach for replacing in-house HPC resources at NASA

    The DOE Magellan Report

    The Magellan Final Report on Cloud Computing for Science

    Findings:  Cost Analysis shows that DOE centers are cost competitive, typically 3–7x less expensive, when compared to commercial cloud providers.

    Reasons: Existing DOE centers already achieve many of the benefits of cloud computing since these centers consolidate computing across multiple program offices, deploy at large scales, and continuously refine and improve operational efficiency

    Please note: while the findings of the Magellan Report were presented in 2011, the cost/benefit considerations have largely not changed.

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