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Big Science Requires Big Computers

Dona Crawford
Dona Crawford

The high performance computing (HPC) community has reached a remarkable juncture - there are 23 systems sited in countries around the world capable of achieving several quadrillion floating point operations per second (or petaFLOP/s). More importantly, these extraordinary resources are making transformational science possible.

 

Thanks to Bill

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Dr. h.c. Michael Resch

In my last blog I pointed at some of the recent developments in HPC that might turn cloud solutions into a real option for some HPC applications. Now during SC’12 at Salt Lake City Bill Kramer from NCSA published a nice article about the TOP500 which I would like to pick up to drive the discussion on HPC further.

 

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A Few Words About Obvious Errors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.  Dr. h.c. Michael Resch
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Dr. h.c. Michael Resch

Some of you might have read my last blog and may have wondered why I spoke of T-Systems. Well, it should have been T-Platforms obviously - and it is only my deep involvement with those other German guys over the last 10 years that made me make this mistake. Sorry to T-Platforms – we have changed the blog entry by now. But then: why not T-Systems?

 

Torn between two options

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.  Dr. h.c. Michael Resch
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Dr. h.c. Michael Resch

In my last blog I pointed at the potential of supercomputing to become a key technology for the 21st century. Actually we do have a common target and we seem to understand how we might be able to reach the target.

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The Success Story of HPC

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.  Dr. h.c. Michael Resch
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Dr. h.c. Michael Resch

ISC is over and before we prepare for SC 2012 in Seattle there is time to relax and think. After so many talks and panels, after the many dinner discussions and lunch debates one may wonder what the situation of supercomputing looks like in 2012 and how it is going to change over the next years.

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