undergrad senior project idea, help

Dean Johnson dtj at uberh4x0r.org
Wed Aug 28 15:19:31 PDT 2002

On Wed, 2002-08-28 at 12:21, Karen Keadle-Calvert wrote:
>  It seems like there ought to be 
> a good application for math as well.  A math teacher might be able to 
> provide some good ideas - some problem that requires a lot of 
> computation.  There's a program called linpack that is used to analyze 
> and solve linear equations.  It's frequently used as a computing 
> benchmark tool (http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/hpl/).

Some big a** matrix multiply would be good, especially with good scaling
information and the requisite "if you did one multiply per second it
would take 30 lifetimes to do this work" type statement.

An important part of silliness in promoting clustering is cost
effectiveness. Its the "we duct-taped these 30 PIII's together and it
runs faster than a Cray that used to cost $20 million" ploy. Even the
most cynical viewers will be impressed by scrap-bin supercomputing.


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