[Beowulf] I'm so glad I didn't buy one of these
prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Thu Jul 3 07:45:52 PDT 2014
On 07/02/2014 05:37 PM, James Cuff wrote:
> Let this be a lesson to us all.
> Repeat after me:
> "Top 500 scores mean nothing!"
> As a community we have to stop this madness! 100k / day. Sigh.
There is signs of this madness ending, at least in the US. I read a few
studies about how computational scientists work, and they all came to
the same conclusion: Most computational scientists cannot use, or have a
need for large supercomputers. Most just need a decent departmental
cluster or institution-wide cluster. I can't find links the specific
papers I read, but I believe I found them on this page of Software
The NSF has sent out RFPs (like NSF 13-528) that aren't for
LINPACK-killing supers, but for more 'accessible' systems. Things are
slowly changing, but just like Formula 1 and NASCAR, people are going to
follow the fastest. Last I checked, there weren't huge crowds at my
local autocross races. :(
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