High Performance Computer, Big Data and SMEs
One may think High Performance Computing (also called HPC), Big Data and SMEs are three incompatible concepts. Competitiveness is the primary factor that helps SMEs stay economically viable, despite the crisis, and contributes to their development.
We live in the digital era, or in the era of “digital revolution” one might add, where data -the new black gold- is considered to be the raw material of development.
In the era of Big Data, volumes of unstructured data cannot create value as such. Their undeniable value emerges after their processing and analysis; it is at this stage that problems arise since Big Data cannot be processed by traditional data management tools.
However, at an enterprise level, exploitation of data is the catalyst for competitiveness and innovation. Specifically, these tendencies of our digital era allow enterprises to have at their disposal important and critical information. They help them make decisions, anticipate, save money and control their productivity or waste ratio, and finally design new products and services that are adaptable, not only to their customers as a total, but also to each and every customer individually. This is a new strategy for SMEs.
All of these elements combined and HPC are added together to complete the picture of innovation and development. HPC is positioned between scientific research, theory and experimentation. Enterprises using HPC can have access to high performance calculations through supercomputers not only to optimize large amounts of data, but also to expand their experience through modeling, simulation or study of phenomena and complex behavior laws.
The policy of the European Commission underlines: “A prominent feature of a data-driven economy will be an ecosystem of different types of players interacting in a Digital Single Market, leading to more business opportunities and an increased availability of knowledge and capital, in particular for SMEs, as well as more effectively stimulating relevant research and innovation”.