Is the TOP500 Bubble Bursting?

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Our series of features on the TOP500 continues today with my response to Douglas Eadline’s thoughtful article Chasing the Number, which was recently published in Linux Magazine. Doug contends that the TOP500 race is over for many organizations, but I’m thinking that GPUs are changing the game in ways in which we are just starting to see:

Is the race really over for many organizations? I’ve been talking to a number of people in the industry about the TOP500 over the past two months, and there is definitely some angst out there. I seem to remember a similar sentiment around the TOP500 some years ago when the Japanese Earth Simulator topped the list for something like two years. Many don’t want to go on the record, but Doug is right in that there is a shift going on.

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