[Beowulf] Exascale by the end of the year?

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 12:06:01 PST 2014

I guess I meant to distinguish clearly between "it's very unlikely" ("I
would bet against it") versus "it's absurd" ("nobody would bet on it"). I
think we have about the same assessment of the apparent claim.

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM, Ellis H. Wilson III <ellis at cse.psu.edu>wrote:

> On 02/28/2014 02:22 PM, Peter St. John wrote:
>> Who would take your bet?
> Joke much?  (Also, bottom-post much?)
>  With $50B I could maybe orchestrate a leveraged buy out of oh, say,
>> Microsoft. I don't grok spending that on one computer complex. That is
>> approximately NASA's budget for the ISS over 30 years (Wiki says $70B in
>> current dollars).
> There's no need to grok it.  This is less a money problem than a
> scaling/failure/power/etc (raw science) problem.  Plus this all
> (particularly the $50B) sounds highly dubious.  He keeps harping about it
> being low-risk, but I'm with the interviewer -- not buying it.  If somebody
> can find another source for this guy and project, I'd be appreciative.
> Best,
> ellis
> --
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Department of Computer Science and Engineering
> The Pennsylvania State University
> www.ellisv3.com
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