[Beowulf] Re: Redmond is at it, again

Suvendra Nath Dutta sdutta at cfa.harvard.edu
Thu Jun 10 08:18:59 PDT 2004

On Jun 9, 2004, at 11:11 PM, Robert G. Brown wrote:

> Scripting languages aren't toys, but neither are they ideal high
> performance computing vehicles, for the most part.

I know you say for the most part, but I think this is a perception that 
we should really look at. Prof. Edelman was really able to challenge 
this perception with his MATLAB*P. The notion is that MATLAB's 
implementation of LAPack is really excellent. So if used judiciously 
(especially as a set of mathematical libraries rather than a scripting 
engine) it can be faster than most direct implementation of code 
written in C/C++.

Of course MATLAB's prohibitive licensing policy essentially chokes off 
any such effort.


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