[Beowulf] K Computer built for speed, not use

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Oct 10 08:15:48 PDT 2012

I could see some sort of computational architecture optimized for matrix math that doesn't necessarily help for non-matrix operations.  For instance, think back to the 70s and Floating Point Systems:  A box you'd hang on your PDP-11 (or other computer) that does FFTs, and only FFTs.  Made life a whole lot easier for applications like CAT scans, but didn't do much for generalized computational problems.

Jim Lux

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"Japan's K computer made headlines in June 2011 as the world's fastest supercomputer and again last November when it became the first computer to top 10 petaflops—or 10 quadrillion calculations per second—solving a benchmark mathematical problem. (...) And now, after a year of testing and software development, as the $1.4 billion K computer is put to work on real-world problems, some scientific users say it was too narrowly built for speed."

Interesting claim. What kind of architecture structure would benefit Linpack and would hinder real-world applications?

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