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A strategy for HPC that goes beyond HPC


The implications of the recent announcements about Exascale technology go far beyond HPC. Tom Wilkie considers the implications


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he boundaries are blurring. Once, high-performance computing was split: high-performance technical computing and high performance


business computing. Now, the advent of big data is making the distinction untenable, a development accelerated by the convergence of HPC and the cloud, as analysed by Robert Roe on page 18.


12 SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD While HPC is being pulled in this


direction by external market forces, it became clear at the US Supercomputing Conference, SC14, held this year in New Orleans in late November, that the technologies underpinning technical high- performance computing are now changing in response. Paradoxically, the announcement of the largest US Government investment


in technical supercomputing for many years will transform business computing. It was the announcement of an HPC


strategy that goes beyond HPC. Te US Government initiative, reported


on page 20, will foster the development of compute technologies for HPC but these are not intended solely to achieve ever- faster machines as milestones on the road


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