Jeremy Hsu from MSNBC writes that even if we could build an Exascale computer today, powering the thing would require the output of the Hoover Dam. To discuss these challenges, researchers gathered at a workshop held by the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University recently.
We’ve reached the point where existing technology has taken us about as far as we can go with present models,” said Jill Pipher, director of ICERM. “We’ve been increasing computing power by 1,000 fold every few years for a while now, but now we’ve reached the limits.”
The article goes on to discuss hybrid architectures with Nvidia’s Steve Scott, who describes how $100K Petaflop machines could be made available to researchers in the near future.