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Organizations are increasingly using high performance computing (HPC) to solve the world’s most complex challenges that require data-driven decisions.

Your operating system plays a key role in determining how well your HPC infrastructure operates and performs. It connects your hardware, software, networking, and interfaces to form a unified, orchestrated environment. Choosing the right operating system can help you maximize the value of both your HPC clusters and your overall IT environment.

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HPC has evolved over time from large unified systems to expansive clusters of servers in enterprise data centers and in the cloud. As a result, modern HPC teams face new challenges.

Allocation and management. HPC environments require many systems to be managed as one to maximize performance and use of resources across clusters.

Long life cycles. HPC environments require complex hardware and software integration over long system and application lifespans.

Lack of HPC expertise. A scarcity of HPC specialists requires consistent system management across enterprise and HPC environments—on-premise and cloud.

Security and compliance. HPC environments must comply with corporate, industry, and government security standards.

Diverse workload needs. HPC environments require support for varying software and hardware configurations to meet the needs of the workloads running on them.


Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® is an operating system that provides a consistent, flexible foundation built to run high performance computing workloads. It provides a unified platform for running HPC workloads at scale across datacenter, cloud, and hybrid environments. All of the supercomputers on the TOP500 list run Linux and several top systems run Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® for Workstations, a variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is optimized for high-performance graphics, animation, and scientific activities. It is also available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud (GRID driver and TESLA driver), delivered via NICE DCV, a high-performance remote display protocol with enhanced security components.

Features and benefits

Red Hat Enterprise Linux was the recipient of TrustRadius' Best Feature Set designation.

Container tools

Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a range of container tools, including Podman, Buildah, and Skopeo, delivering enhanced portability and reproducibility for HPC workloads. Delivering integrated container development tooling and more secure base images, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the consistent yet flexible host you need to power container adoption.

Management tools

Enable compute intensive workloads at scale by managing optimal usage and resources for HPC systems and provide a streamlined user experience from development through deployment.

Built-in security features

Defend against threats and stay in compliance with regulatory requirements. Optimize system efficiency across a long life cycle of disparate hardware and software environments with an operating system that includes management and security tooling such as live kernel patching and centralized identity and access control management.

Image builder for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Image builder is a set of command line interface (CLI) plugins that help you configure and create custom images and deploy them in the cloud.

Certified ecosystem

Choose your preferred vendors, products, clouds, and open source projects, knowing that they will run reliably and efficiently on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Production-grade life cycle

Ensure uptime with a long, enterprise-grade support life cycle that includes security updates, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also prepares you for future HPC advancements by delivering a consistent, security-focused, and flexible platform for running AI and ML models at large scale on HPC systems.

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB The best feature is its dependability. We have had some situations where some RHEL servers have been up and running for five years. So, it provides reliability and dependability. It stays up.”

Jude Cadet

Sr. Systems Engineer

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