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UHPC Revisited: An Interview with DARPA Program Manager Bill Harrod

Sometimes revolutions start very quietly. DARPA’s Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program seems to fall into this category.

Last March the agency issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requesting proposals from the HPC community to help develop extremely high performance computer systems using novel design approaches.

The goal is to achieve by 2015 a 1,000-fold increase in capabilities over today’s most powerful supercomputers such as Jaguar at Oak Ridge National Labs — Jaguar has a theoretical peak capability of 2.3 petaFLOPS/s and nearly a quarter of a million computational cores.

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