Comparing Supercomputers to Formula 1 Racers

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Over at the ISC Blog, Andrew Jones from NAG writes that the familiar analogy of supercomputers being like a Formula 1 car may distract us from the fact that both require a strong team to be successful.

Powerful hardware (fast car) gives a big head start in achieving return on investment (it is harder to deliver performance step change without it). But the hardware alone is not enough for the best performance and sustained impact. Attention must be paid (and investment delivered) to the software innovation, the supporting business processes (e.g. ease of use/access), infrastructure, etc. – and, critically, to the people that make all of those possible.

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