[Beowulf] Multicore Is Bad News For Supercomputers

Geoff Jacobs gdjacobs at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 10:24:10 PST 2008

Bruno Coutinho wrote:
> Datamining is useful for both commercial and scientific world and is
> very data-intensive, so I think this issue will be addressed, or at least
> someone (Sun, for example) will build processors for data intensive
> applications that are more balanced, but several times more expensive.

Here's some current hardware which is superior to the norm in terms of
I/O (so the manufacturers would claim).


For those with really deep pockets:

Q: Do Hitachi and Fujitsu still do vector machines?

I guess my point is that the article itself is a little fluffy. This is
just the old problem of the kernel size overflowing cache/memory
boundaries inconveniently. The answer is always more I/O and tighter

Geoffrey D. Jacobs

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