Today, we are potentially on the verge of a new trend in supercomputing through the convergence of a standardized hardware solution for clustering using the PICMG Advanced Telecommunication Computer Architecture (AdvancedTCA) standard.

AdvancedTCA is tailored to meet the needs of communication networks infrastructure by defining a set of specifications covering mechanical, shelf management, power distribution, data transport and regulatory requirements for “carrier grade” deployments. Certain telecommunications applications that demand high-performance computing are driving the need for dual CPU designs on server class chipsets. While these telco applications fall very short of requiring massive parallel clustering, the resultant standardized processing products they drive certainly are not prohibited from being used for that purpose.