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Models of Economic Success

by Addison Snell
for Intersect360 Research (originally published under the Tabor Research name)
Apr 10, 2009

Models of Economic Success: Can HPC Help Turn Things Around?

Global economic turmoil affects us at both organizational and individual levels. As companies cut staff to reduce expenses, investors anxiously review their portfolios. If we lose our jobs, we want savings to fall back on. Let’s face it: a lot of us are in a bad mood. We’re frustrated, nervous, and even angry.

Can we look for hope in the financial sector investing more money? Geez, that’s a tough sell. That’s who a lot of people are mad at in the first place. We watch the news. Reckless investments are what got us all into this mess in the first place. But before you disparage the idea, answer this. Would you like financial institutions to do everything possible to make investments safer in the future? That’s where high-performance computing (HPC) comes in.

The notion of using HPC to model portfolio performance against macroeconomic trends is not new, nor is it worth spending a whole column talking about what a great idea it is. Rather, it is important to emphasize why HPC may still be a good investment, with an understanding of what the biggest challenges are going forward.

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