Review of Petascale Computing

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Late last week I wrote a review for HPCwire of Petascale Computing: Algorithms and Applications edited by David A. Bader (Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2007).

Petascale Computing…is the first book in CRC’s Computational Science Series, edited by Horst Simon at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Although the book is a collection of papers, Bader has done an excellent job of creating a compilation that holds together and covers a broad topic very well. At the same time, Petascale Computing remains accessible to anyone with HPC or scientific application experience.

While this is a book that just about anyone involved in large-scale technical computing will find valuable, I especially commend the book to center leadership and program managers who, having read it, will find themselves in a better position to ask the questions that matter when planning future hardware and software efforts for their teams.

I think this is an exceptional book, that I commend to your summer reading list. And the best part is that its 24 chapters make the book easily digestible in bite-sized chunks.


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