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Podcast: So You Want To Get To Exascale?

Mike Bernhardt from The Exascale Report writes that we need a reality check when it comes to developing a supercomputer with 1000x today’s performance by 2018:

Unfortunately, a number of people in government see exascale as just a very large procurement. Lots of computers requiring lots of power. But the truth is, commercial computer manufacturers have absolutely no incentive to take on this level of research. Adapting the computing technology used for commercial and consumer purposes, taking a COTS approach, is clearly not the answer. We are going to need something new and unique. And the technology roadmaps that draw a line to exascale don’t provide the answers – they are all laced with smoke and mirrors.”

Read the Full Story at the Exascale Report (subscription required) or download this MP3 excerpt.

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