What is compute?

Compute is the primary force for organizing, processing, and retrieving an establishment's assets and data, as it provides access to critical information through on-premises, hybrid, or cloud environments.

What are the key functions of compute?

The key functions of compute include:

  • Problem-solving: With compute from edge to cloud, you can prevent complex problems with AI-powered systems in just a fraction of a second.
  • Data processing and storage: Compute involves the processes of receiving, analyzing, and storing data. This data includes any and all information that is collected and moved between business apps and the web. Once the data is processed and stored, it can be further analyzed and used by ITDMs and managers to develop solutions.
  • Optimized opportunities: Optimized, intelligent compute systems support opportunities to tap into a new business segment or attain a new level of profitability.
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What is high performance computing?

High performance computing (HPC) is comprised of solutions that are able to process data and execute calculations at an incredibly high rate. The capacity far exceeds a standard computer’s ability. Science, business, and engineering organizations can utilize this aggregate computing power to solve otherwise unapproachably complex problems.

What are the benefits of containers?

Containers offer developers many advantages because of their:

Fraud detection

HPC can detect fraud by analyzing millions of transactions in real time, as well as contextual information surrounding those transactions. This powerful compute capacity is attainable through automation, which saves companies millions of dollars every day. Without this capability, everyone’s data would be at an exponentially higher risk of breach or fraud.

Medical record management

Most health records are now electronic. A higher volume of patient data readily available to nurses and doctors means it’s possible to study data and make more informed diagnoses and treatment plans for patients. This also provides a better chance that those seeking medical treatment for lesser-known diseases will receive the insight and help they need.

Weather prediction    

Most companies do not have enough compute capacity to effectively predict weather trends, resulting in erroneous predictions. HPC can support the complexities of differential equations that are utilized to translate the physics of weather, along with the massive amount of data collected via satellites. This means more accuracy is attainable, which benefits communities at high risk for devastating weather conditions or natural disasters.

Race car optimization

With even the smallest adjustments, Formula 1 design teams can analyze performance discrepancies, allowing for major improvements. These teams evaluate and refine optimization tactics through HPC programs, despite the major restrictions within the industry. These technological advancements can then be translated and utilized within a variety of industries to promote sustainability and efficiency.

Why is compute essential to enterprise organizations?

Without versatile and powerful compute, enterprise organizations would not have the capacity for the data analysis and business predictions that are necessary to keep pace with today’s markets.

Compute deeply benefits critical decision-making. In order to solve for complex problems and create solutions that provide intentional insights into the unprecedented amounts of data that is constantly being collected, enterprises need purposeful infrastructure and software that help manage the resulting workloads.

Compute is also necessary for increasing business flexibility. With the ability to remotely access powerful cloud compute capabilities, organizations can quickly and accurately accomplish tasks, scale up or down, and optimize their resources in order to maintain their competitive edge from anywhere.

Another significant benefit of cloud compute is the efficiency provided through the pay-as-you-go structure. This structure prevents over-provisioning issues and allows for support during spikes in demand by utilizing metered usage oversight, including hardware, software, and services. This capability also provides support by allowing enterprises the freedom to choose where to spend their capital and labor.

What is the Significance of compute in the context of computing?

The term "compute" in the context of computing refers to the act of carrying out calculations or carrying out commands on a computer or other comparable equipment. It includes several activities, including problem-solving, data processing, algorithm execution, and mathematical operations. In order to create software applications, simulations, models, and much more, modern computing systems require the ability to compute, which is essential to all computing systems today. Artificial intelligence, scientific research, data analysis, and many other sectors of study and industry have advanced as a result of the efficient and effective use of computation.

What are the Fundamentals of Compute?

The fundamentals of compute include:

  • CPU (Central Processing Unit) architecture and functions: The CPU is the core component of a computer responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations. It consists of various elements such as the control unit, arithmetic logic unit (ALU), registers, and cache. Understanding CPU architecture and its functions is essential for comprehending how instructions are processed and computations are performed.
  • Instruction execution and processing stages: The steps of instruction execution and processing: Instructions are directions that are sent to a computer that inform it what actions to do. The process of carrying out instructions often entails numerous steps, such as obtaining, decoding, carrying out, and storing the outcomes. These steps make sure the computer comprehends and performs the necessary actions precisely and effectively.
  • Memory hierarchy and storage systems: Memory hierarchy refers to the arrangement of memory in a computer, which consists of various layers such as cache, main memory (RAM), and secondary storage devices such as hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs). As different layers of memory have varied speeds and capacities, it is essential to understand the memory hierarchy and storage systems in order to optimize data access and storage.

These principles serve as the foundation for understanding how computers process information, carry out commands, store data, and retrieve it. They are the building blocks of computing.

What is Compute Technologies and Paradigms?

Compute technologies and paradigms encompass a range of approaches and models for performing computations. Here are some examples:

  • Traditional compute models involve single-threaded processing where instructions are executed sequentially, and multi-threading with multi-core processors that enable parallel processing. Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) involves multiple processors or cores working together to improve performance by executing tasks simultaneously.
  • Parallel and distributed computing involve SIMD architectures that process multiple data simultaneously and MIMD architectures that execute different instructions on different data sets. Cluster computing connects multiple computers for increased computational power, while grid computing connects distributed resources to create a virtual supercomputer.
  • High-performance computing (HPC) involves supercomputers and clusters for complex problem-solving, accelerators like GPUs and FPGAs for efficient computations, and the emerging field of quantum computing that leverages quantum mechanics to solve problems faster than classical computers.

These compute technologies and paradigms offer various ways to enhance computational capabilities, improve performance, and tackle complex computational challenges.

What is Compute in Cloud Computing?

The term "compute" in the context of cloud computing refers to the supply and administration of virtualized resources for the accomplishment of computational activities. Here are some key aspects related to compute in cloud computing:

  • Virtualized compute resources involve using virtual machines (VMs) and containers to create isolated environments for running applications. VMs emulate entire computer systems, while containers are lightweight and package applications with their dependencies. Containers are more efficient and scalable compared to VMs, providing faster startup times and easier portability across different computing environments.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is like renting computer resources from the cloud. It includes things like storage, networking, and computing power. With IaaS, users may choose the operating system and apps they want to use while using these services.
  • Elasticity and scalability of compute resources mean that in cloud computing, you can easily adjust the amount of computing power you need. If your workload increases, you can quickly add more resources. If it decreases, you can reduce the resources. This flexibility ensures that your applications have the right amount of computing power to handle changes in demand.

What is Compute in Edge Computing?

"Compute" refers to the processing and computational capabilities installed near the network's edge, closer to where data is created or consumed. In edge computing, the following are important compute-related factors:

In edge computing, "compute" refers to the processing and computational capabilities deployed at the edge of the network, closer to where data is generated or consumed. Here are key aspects related to compute in edge computing:

  • Edge devices are connected devices at the network edge, while edge servers provide additional processing power. Edge computing architecture aims to reduce latency and enable real-time processing.
  • Edge computing distributes computational tasks closer to devices, reducing latency and enabling real-time processing. Compute capabilities at the edge include running applications, performing analytics, and making local decisions.
  • Compute in edge environments offers benefits such as reduced latency, optimized bandwidth usage, offline operation capability, and improved data privacy and security. By processing data locally, edge computing enables faster response times, reduces network congestion, supports offline operations, and enhances the protection of sensitive data.

Use cases of compute in edge environments include:

    - Industrial IoT: Real-time monitoring, control, and analytics in industrial settings.

    - Smart cities: Real-time data analysis for traffic management, environmental monitoring, and public safety.

    - Healthcare: Data processing and analysis at the point of care for remote patient monitoring and diagnostics.

    - Retail: Applications like inventory management, personalized marketing, and real-time analytics for enhanced customer experiences.

Compute in edge computing brings computational power closer to the data source, enabling real-time processing, reduced latency, improved efficiency, and enhanced capabilities for various industries and use cases.

What is Compute in Internet of Things (IoT)?

In the context of the Internet of Things (IoT), "compute" refers to the computational capabilities and processing performed by IoT devices and systems. Here are key aspects related to compute in IoT:

  • Embedded systems in IoT devices are specialized computing devices with limited resources, optimized for specific tasks in low-power environments.
  • Edge computing in IoT brings computational power closer to devices, enabling local processing, reducing latency, and addressing bandwidth and privacy challenges.
  • IoT often requires a combination of edge and cloud computing, with edge devices handling local processing and cloud resources providing scalability for storage, computation, and analytics.

Edge and cloud computing are combined to meet the computational needs of IoT deployments, integrating processing, data analytics, and decision-making.

What is Compute in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

The key aspects related to compute in AI are as follows:

  • Machine learning algorithms in AI require substantial computational resources for training, involving processing large datasets and complex calculations.
  • AI compute involves training models with labeled data and iterative computations, while inference uses pre-trained models for predictions with lower compute requirements.
  • Specialized AI compute hardware like TPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs are developed to accelerate machine learning workloads, providing high-performance and energy-efficient processing capabilities.

In conclusion, the advancements in compute technologies, such as edge computing, cloud computing, and specialized AI hardware, have greatly contributed to meeting the diverse computational requirements of various domains, including IoT, machine learning, and AI. These powerful compute capabilities enable more efficient data processing, faster decision-making, and the development of sophisticated applications that drive innovation in today's digital world.

What is Compute Performance and Optimization?

Compute performance and optimization focus on maximizing the efficiency, speed, and utilization of computational resources. Key elements of computation performance and optimization include the following:

  • Performance metrics and benchmarks provide measures to assess computing system efficiency, including metrics like throughput and benchmarks that standardize tests for hardware or software comparisons.
  • Parallelization techniques, such as using multiple processing units or specialized hardware, enhance computational speed by executing tasks simultaneously. Optimization techniques improve efficiency through algorithmic improvements, data access optimization, and code optimization.
  • Compute resource management ensures effective allocation and scheduling of resources, employing techniques like load balancing, workload management, and dynamic resource provisioning. Autoscaling dynamically adjusts resources based on demand, optimizing utilization and meeting performance needs.

In summary, performance metrics, parallelization and optimization techniques, and compute resource management play crucial roles in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of computing systems, enabling faster computations and optimal resource utilization.

Why HPE for compute?

Optimize your compute with the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform for compute, delivered as a service. For enterprises that need speed and versatility, HPE GreenLake brings the cloud to you and to your data to promote time to value, benefit operational excellence, and free up capital. With a pay-per-use structure, our compute infrastructure is available when needed and offers a built-in buffer system that provides extra support for seasons of steady growth and unexpected spikes in demand. With HPE GreenLake, you can support any workload with our versatile, resilient, and secure compute.

Enterprises need to modernize IT infrastructure with compute that powers transformation. HPE Compute transforms IT with insights that optimize workload performance, placement, and efficiency, helping deliver top notch business outcomes, faster. And management is made easy with the HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management platform, which enables extensive compute management operations through automation, transforming your complex system into a simplified experience.