The technology stacks of HPC and Big Data Computing

As some Big Data Computing (BDC) workloads are increasing in computational intensity (traditionally an HPC trait) and some High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads are stepping up data intensity (traditionally a BDC trait), there is a clear trend towards innovative approaches that will create significant value by adopting certain techniques of the other.  

The European associations for Big Data Value ( and HPC ( have recently published a joint paper, discussing current strengths and differences between the (software and hardware) stacks of BDC and HPC, and how the current strengths of one stack may address a shortcoming/need in the other stack.

Access the full paper here