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Designing the Exascale Computer: Race Car or High-Speed Train?

In our last issue of The Exascale Report, we talked about the growing consensus that the global HPC community is, in fact, in a ‘race’ to exascale. And, as in most forms of racing, the stakes for coming in first are getting extremely high.

While the enthusiasm around a global race is not all bad, the world won’t be much better off than we are today if the crowning achievement is reaching exascale-levels of computation with a stunt machine that fails to serve the bigger purpose of timely scientific discovery.

Not only will it take massive funding to win the race, it will take innovation and deep collaboration, enveloped in years of preparation, to build an environment that supports critical applications on exascale-class machines.

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