[Beowulf] Pretty High Performance Computing

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Tue Sep 23 16:29:10 PDT 2008

I'd argue we might know this already as middleware.

Best regards from a hotel in Beijing,

On Sep 23, 2008, at 10:32 PM, Jon Forrest wrote:

> Given the recent discussion of whether running
> multiple services and other such things affects
> the running of a cluster, I'd like to propose
> a new classification of computing.
> I call this Pretty High Performance Computing (PHPC).
> This is a style of computing where you sacrifice
> absolute high performance because of issues relating
> to any combination of convenience, laziness, or lack
> of knowledge.
> I know I've been guilty of all three but the funny
> thing is that science seems to get done anyway.
> There's no doubt computations would get done a little faster
> if I or the scientists spent more time worrying
> about microsecond latency, parallel barriers,
> or XML overhead but reality always gets in the way.
> In the future I hope to sin less often but it's a
> growing experience. Reading this, and other, email
> lists sometimes helps.
> Cordially,
> --  
> Jon Forrest
> Research Computing Support
> College of Chemistry
> 173 Tan Hall
> University of California Berkeley
> Berkeley, CA
> 94720-1460
> 510-643-1032
> jlforrest at berkeley.edu
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