February 17, 2010

Supercomputing Apps Migrate Backwards

My pal Trey sent me an email yesterday with a pointer to an article in Computerworld about applications that are migrating backwards: going from supercomputers to desktops. This isn’t a new thing, but the advent of GPUs and CUDA has made it even more reasonable for non-heroic users to move to desktops if they can. There are good incentives for them to do this if they can still get their work done: no queues, no fighting with the big boys for allocation, and direct control over the resource.
 

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