Not Much Bang for Your Buck
Your company is wasting 94% of its available computing power.

Even if your business calls for running many compute-intensive problems, people also are reading their mail, creating text documents and spreadsheets, thinking, or eating lunch. In terms of actual use of available computing cycles, a generous estimate is that during a normal eight-hour workday, your company's desktop systems are used at an average of 25% capacity. And, of course, at night and on weekends those computing cycles are not being used very much at all. That means that in a typical forty-hour workweek each of your desktop systems is using about 10 hours of computing cycles out of the 168 hours available, or about 6% of capacity. If you run compute-intensive programs, Scientific Computing Associates' suite of parallel computing products and its Piranha system can recover much of the 94% of your computing resources that is currently wasted.

BUT Parallel Computing
Parallel computing is based on the simple idea that a difficult problem can be solved most quickly by breaking the problem down into separate pieces and solving those pieces simultaneously. Parallelism already is being used in numerous areas such as graphics, databases, financial modeling, petroleum exploration, and scientific and engineering simulation, to name just a few. Virtually any application aimed at solving a large problem can be "parallelized."

Plus a Free Parallel Computer
If you have a network of desktop systems you already have the basic components of a powerful parallel computer. Using Scientific Computing Associates' parallel computing software, each desktop system on the network has the potential to function as a "node" on the parallel computer. When any node on the network has a parallel program to execute, pieces of that program can be shared with other nodes on the network which are either idle or not being used to capacity, speeding up execution of the program and taking advantage of otherwise wasted resources.

Equals Maximum Return on Investment
Scientific Computing Associates' Piranha system controls the use of the network as a parallel computer and sees to it that those computing cycles not being used for other purposes are devoted to executing a Piranha-enabled parallel program. Only idle computing cycles are used. So, for example, if a parallel program is running on the network and is using a computer whose owner then returns from lunch, Piranha releases cycles back to the previously idle computer to the extent the owner needs them as soon as the owner begins typing. The "size" of your parallel computer therefore fluctuates with the level of use of the network nodes, but one fact that remains constant is that your technology investment is being fully utilized whenever your parallel computer is being used. If your business involves compute-intensive applications, Scientific Computing Associates can help you make better use of your computing resources. Visit our website at lindaspaces.com or call us at 203-777-7442.

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