HPC and Science & Technology Policy

November 26, 2013 by Gary M. Johnson

Policies, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. This is a loose paraphrase of a common analogy. Is it apt when applied to science and technology policy? In particular, how – and where – is HPC policy made? Is it currently being made at all?

Given the number of HPC issues currently on the table and in competition for scarce federal resources, perhaps we should set aside any lack of respect for the process and get engaged in the sausage making. We need clear federal policy guidance to allocate resources and mobilize the technology agencies to advance HPC and its applications. Some suggestions for HPC community action to improve this situation are included.

Read the entire article at HPC Wire

HPC Prospects in Qatar

November 11, 2013 by Gary M. Johnson

All countries have some computing capability, but relatively fewer are serious players in HPC.  So far in the Middle East, the only country to place machines on the Top500 list is Saudi Arabia.  Qatar, which is right next door, is a very wealthy and focused country that could easily become a significant HPC power.  Why would Qatar want to play in HPC and how significant a player might it become?

Read the entire article at HPC Wire

Convergence: HPC, Big Data & Enterprise Computing

October 28, 2013 by Gary M. Johnson

Many HPC aficionados probably think of Enterprise Computing as something static and boring: a solved problem; something to be maintained and occasionally updated; or maybe moved to a Cloud – but not a fruitful area for novel approaches or exotic hardware.  Big Data may change those views.  Let’s take a look.

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