[Beowulf] Cloud / HPC

Prentice Bisbal prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Mon Apr 15 11:09:21 PDT 2013


On 04/15/2013 02:04 PM, Ashley Pittman wrote:
> On 14 Apr 2013, at 10:01, Jonathan Dursi wrote:
>
>> I cannot agree with this piece highly enough.
>>
>> Widespread cloud availability, GPU, etc, has enabled all sorts of weird, wacky, and _useful_ large-scale technical computing use cases, and arguing about whether new use case X is "really" HPC has long since lost whatever novelty it had.  I'm pleased to see Jeff Layton using the broader term "Research Computing"; in my corner of the world I've been pushing for the term Advanced R&D Computing (ARC) as a catch all for any sort of technical/numerical computing that requires you to do something "special" (e.g., do something different than run naive serial code on a desktop).   Someone else can probably come up with a better name, but I actually think that holding on to terms with existing pretty strong connotations is hurting more than helping at this point.
> I've taken to saying I work in "Computing" as a distinct field from "IT".  The difference being that Computing is about using computers for calculations/analytics rather than as a tool for doing something else.
>

I do the same thing. The term "IT" makes my skin crawl. I've always 
considered myself a scientist more than an IT person.

Prentice



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