For years, government research labs and major academic computing centers have been the proving ground for all new high-performance computing (HPC) technology such as the latest CPU's and GPU's, high-performance networking and parallel file system storage
These organizations continually push the envelope with custom technology builds that allow them to run the most realistic models and simulations, and work with the largest datasets. Eventually, most of the HPC technology used in these labs makes its way into commercial HPC settings.
Unfortunately, businesses often encounter problems using these advanced technologies. The problems arise because the high-end labs and government centers have different priorities. When selecting technology, their main driver is performance at any cost, causing uptime, ease of management, and vendor support to fall far behind in consideration.