[Beowulf] Multicore Is Bad News For Supercomputers
Nifty Tom Mitchell
niftyompi at niftyegg.com
Fri Dec 5 19:36:21 EST 2008
On Fri, Dec 05, 2008 at 01:48:43PM +0100, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> (Well, duh).
> Multicore Is Bad News For Supercomputers
Where do GPUs fit in this? On the surface a handful of cores in a system
with decent cache would quickly displace the need for GPUs and would
have about as simple a programming+ compiler model as can be had today.
Additional cores are not magic but can set the stage for
better math and IO libraries.
Me I would rather see more transistors thrown at 128+ bit math. In the
back of my mind I suspect that current 64bit IEEE math is getting in the
way of global science (Weather, Global warming...). Perhaps 128 integer
math ops would be a better place to start. And, Any day now we may need
256 bit integers to manage the national debt.
T o m M i t c h e l l
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