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The Commoditization of HPC

Cisco’s Jeff Squyres writes that HPC is no longer the exclusive domain of National Labs and advanced researchers:

“Sure, there’s still the bleeding edge of HPC — my Grandma isn’t using a petascale computer (yet).  All the national labs and advanced researchers are still hanging out at the high-end of HPC, pushing the state of the art to get faster and bigger results that simply weren’t possible before. Vendors now make black-box solutions that hide the parallelism and complexity from the user.  Users now press a button, a miracle occurs, and the results pop out.  Users can now run larger jobs than they ever could before.  And these results take far less time to compute.

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