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National Geographic named it one of the world’s most beautiful museums; closer to home, Dubai’s Museum of the Future is called ‘the world’s most beautiful building.’ A third descriptor that everyone can agree on is that the Museum of the Future is a shining example of the transformative power of high-performance computing.

Technology and automation defined every piece of this iconic building, museum management have said. In an interview with The New York Times, architect Shaun Killa said the design used Building Information Modeling (BIM) at every stage. BIM, simply put, represents the digital transformation of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. It allows everyone involved in a building project –architects, clients, suppliers, environmental engineers, manufacturers – to access and collaborate on a single 3D model, to create immersive visualizations with VR, to test, analyze, optimize efficiencies and sustainability and much more.

In a city filled with remarkable architecture, the standout Museum came to life with an intelligent computer algorithm combined with architectural software. Every element – from its zero support columns to its calligraphy-led exterior panels – was digitally imagined and tested before fabrication and installation.

In a world where high-performance computing is becoming much more accessible, this is a sign of the times. Today’s high-performance computing is limitless, a perfect fit for a region with abundant potential.

The future now
High-performance computing (HPC) is where the future becomes the present. It is transforming industries from AEC to retail and data to gaming. By putting expansive computing power into the hands of smaller businesses via individual or networked workstations, HPC is accelerating creativity and possibility, and enabling the integration of cutting-edge tech including AI, AR and VR into the everyday.

For the MENA region, this is a game changer. As high-performance computing becomes more available, more powerful and more affordable than ever before, it can be an equalizer – allowing homegrown SMEs, innovators, entrepreneurs and governments to participate and compete globally and to champion local and regional priorities.

Data, for example, has been described as the currency of the moment. More than half of the world’s top 10 companies are data-based platforms, and data is increasingly sought after by businesses in every consumer-facing activity from financial services to retail. But crunching that data quickly and effectively, parsing it into something useful and visualizing it requires a bedrock of solid computing power – something that was until now limited to a handful of companies, institutions and governments.

On a micro level, HPC allows any size of business to boost productivity, efficiency and creativity. Creatives – and those who depend on them – can rejoice at the end of hours- and days-long renders that are often endemic to the creative industry. High-performance computing systems like Z by HP Powered by Intel® Core™ Processors ensure that it’s now possible to work in 3D in real time – what one digital craftsman described as going from “being on crutches to flying on a rocket.”

According to industry participants, these sea changes are not only transforming workflows in animation, visual effects and rendering but powering breakthroughs and changing. The knock-on effect is substantial: With 3D becoming a more realistic option, for example, it is making its way into industries from fashion to film effects, scientific and medical applications. Infinite resolution or (n)K resolution is also becoming increasingly doable, with the right horsepower under the hood and the right tools and knowledge.

Abundant potential
In Dubai, the recently opened ‘Store of the Future’ boasts Augmented Reality shopping, allowing shoppers to virtually try clothes and navigate in store. This is only the tip of what is possible with AR: Self-driving automobiles, telehealth, intuitive indoor and outdoor navigation all use this tech. Clearly, the applications of high-performance computing are both limitless and diverse.

Finally, HPCs are also a ticket to the emerging world of the metaverse. Where VR was once closely (and perhaps only) associated with gaming, it is increasingly becoming a business tool with more and more companies adopting it for training, remote collaboration and other immersive tech uses. Following Moore’s Law, VR headsets are also becoming more affordable, more powerful and easier to wear – with VR tools and solutions expanding exponentially to match.

As with AI, 3D and other future techs, HPC is also democratizing VR and the Metaverse, encouraging the growth of mini-metaverses within businesses and industry ecosystems.

Because the implications are both powerful and exciting – HPC currently powers simulated hearts to determine the best operational procedures before surgery and thereby revolutionize cardiac health, among other sensitive applications – due diligence is critical to any HPC system.

The verification system adopted by HP for its high-performance Z desktop and laptop machines powered by Intel® Core™ processors, computing systems and VR headsets, for example, requires ISV software verification. Every machine is intensively tested with the specialist software required by the customer, and then certified by the software vendor, to protect the investment and to ensure the hardware and applications deliver to their full capability.

As HPC-enabled workstations usher in a new era, the image of the Museum of the Future remains fitting. Just as the solid part of the structure represents the knowledge we have today and the void represents all that we do not know, so HPCs represent both the promise and the ever-growing potential of the future.

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