The (empty?) Promise of FPGA Supercomputing

Author Peter M. Athanas

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Peter M. Athanas. The (empty?) Promise of FPGA Supercomputing. In Dynamically Reconfigurable Architectures. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 6141, pp. 1-13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2006)


There have been some notable success stories in the past that give merit to the viability of the creation of an FPGA-based supercomputer. When examining the computing potential of these devices, they appear to offer competitive computational characteristics that are highly competitive to contemporary high-performance processors. Recently, there have been supercomputer-class processing blades offered by the leading high-performance computing specialist, yet the sales of these nodes have been less than spectacular. This talk examines why this may be the case, and explores the viability and cost-performance of FPGA-based supercomputers.
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