Parallelizing Translation

Walter B. Ligon III walt at
Thu Jul 6 07:14:38 PDT 2000


That's scary Doug!  You really need to take a vacation more often!  :-)


> On Wed, 5 Jul 2000, Walter B. Ligon III wrote:
> > I think the discussion at hand is a fine example of the fact that the every
> > day parallelization techniques that are used for SO many important problems
> > are NOT the only techniques out there.  The Beowulf movement has had the
> > problematic effect that many self-proclaimed experts are simply unaware of
> > much of the research in parallel computation that has gone on over the last
> > 40 years - thus leading to miunderstanding and sweeping statements that are
> > not really productive in the long run.
> > 
> > Beowulf is not the untimate answer - and it will not replace all other forms
> > of parallel computation.  There ARE problems that fit better onto other
> > architectures.  Those architectures may not make economic sense right now,
> > thus we may not see much of them for a while, but that does not invalidate
> > their inherent value.
> > 
> This is the most sane thing I have heard in a while.
> Doug

Dr. Walter B. Ligon III
Associate Professor
ECE Department
Clemson University

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