Or Will It Fan the Fires of Global Competition?
Numerous HPC visionaries have cautioned that exascale will require years of global cooperation. That’s right — years of cooperation from the very countries that compete for technological leadership. This could truly be the dawn of a new era. And it appears to be happening.
Right now working groups are assembling on a global scale to start researching different approaches that might work — from architectures and network interconnects, to storage and creative power solutions. There are no exascale experts today — only opinion leaders. So, while we really don’t know where the exascale journey will take us, we are clearly at a critical time for asking questions. The journey has started, and the train is about to leave the station.