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New Paper: Co-designed Computers for Specific Grand Challenges

A new paper describes some interesting co-design research that is currently being done at Berkeley Lab.

In order to build the break-through supercomputers scientists like Wehner need, researchers are looking to the world of consumer electronics like microwave ovens, cameras and cellphones, where everything from chips to batteries to software is optimized to the device’s application. This co-design approach brings scientists and computer engineers into the supercomputer design process, so that systems are purpose-built for a scientific application, such as climate modeling, from the bottom up.

“Co-design allows us to design computers to answer specific questions, rather than limit our questions by available machines,” says Wehner.

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