What is Compute?

Compute in cloud computing refers to the applications, tasks or workloads that require a very large amount of computational power and resources compared to their actual data storage requirements. The term is often used for processing intensive applications in cloud computing, big data [link to #1.7], servers and data centre spaces, where compute specific environments are created for lending computational and processing powers to such applications for the longer time scale. Compute may sometimes be also called as big compute, typically when dealing with big data.

Points to Remember

  • As opposed to data-intensive applications, compute essentially doesn’t have large data needs. Whereas, data-intensive applications put a lot of load on data manipulation tasks because of their large volumes of data.
  • Resources that are required by processing-intensive applications and workloads are known as compute resources. CPUs (Central Processing Units), GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), and APUs (Audio Processing Units) are all examples of compute resources.