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High performance computing with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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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.

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

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

Allocation and management
HPC environments require many systems to be managed as one, maximizing performance and efficient 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

Organizations must maintain complex HPC environments in compliance 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.

Container tools
Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a range of container tools, 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
Optimize system efficiency across a long life cycle of disparate hardware and software environments with an operating system that includes management and security tooling.

Image Builder
Image Builder is a set of tools that help you configure and create custom system images and deploy them in the cloud.

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