[Beowulf] Pretty High Performance Computing

Prentice Bisbal prentice at ias.edu
Tue Sep 23 20:35:07 EDT 2008


Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
> I'd argue we might know this already as middleware.
That makes absolutely no sense.
>
> Best regards from a hotel in Beijing,
> Vincent
>
> On Sep 23, 2008, at 10:32 PM, Jon Forrest wrote:
>
>> Given the recent discussion of whether running
>> multiple services and other such things affects
>> the running of a cluster, I'd like to propose
>> a new classification of computing.
>>
>> I call this Pretty High Performance Computing (PHPC).
>> This is a style of computing where you sacrifice
>> absolute high performance because of issues relating
>> to any combination of convenience, laziness, or lack
>> of knowledge.
>>
>> I know I've been guilty of all three but the funny
>> thing is that science seems to get done anyway.
>> There's no doubt computations would get done a little faster
>> if I or the scientists spent more time worrying
>> about microsecond latency, parallel barriers,
>> or XML overhead but reality always gets in the way.
>> In the future I hope to sin less often but it's a
>> growing experience. Reading this, and other, email
>> lists sometimes helps.
>>
>> Cordially,
>>
>> -- Jon Forrest
>> Research Computing Support
>> College of Chemistry
>> 173 Tan Hall
>> University of California Berkeley
>> Berkeley, CA
>> 94720-1460
>> 510-643-1032
>> jlforrest at berkeley.edu
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