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HPC 2013-14 | Contents Contents High hopes for HPC Trends in HPC John Barr presents the HPC market at a glance Big data

What opportunities does big data provide? Beth Harlen reports

Data management

Reagan W. Moore on why policy-based systems will become pervasive

The cloud

Beth Harlen investigates the promise of cloud computing

Energy efficiency

Beth Harlen reports on one of the most critical issues in HPC

Tuning software for HPC

Industry experts share their views on meeting the challenge of tuning software


Tom Wilkie turns his attention to some of the rising stars of the next generation


Malcolm Muggeridge on why computer science education must embrace parallelism

HPC strategies

Jean-François Lavignon and Jean-Philippe Nominé explain the role of ETP4HPC

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Keeping up with developments in high-performance computing (HPC) is not an easy task, as technologies can change with impressive frequency. It is therefore gratifying to see that the European Technology Platform for HPC, ETP4HPC, has put a strategy in place to not only strengthen and promote European efforts, but to secure Europe’s position as a leader in the global HPC arena. Jean-François Lavignon and Jean-Philippe Nominé offer an in-depth explanation of how ETP4HPC intends to keep pace with developments (p32). Tere are some topics that continue to have a prominent

place in HPC discussions. Offering his personal perspective on the main trends, and the implications they have within a range of fields, is independent industry analyst John Barr (p4). We have also cast our eye over some of the crucial areas of development – big data (p8), the cloud (p14), energy efficiency (p18), and tuning soſtware for HPC (p22). Rounding out this special supplement, Tom Wilkie and Malcolm Muggeridge offer their views on education and training in HPC.

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