The Past, Present and Future of High Performance Computing

Author Ruud van der Pas

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Ruud van der Pas. The Past, Present and Future of High Performance Computing. In Combinatorial Scientific Computing. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 9061, pp. 1-7, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2009)


In this overview paper we start by looking at the birth of what is called ``High Performance Computing'' today. It all began over 30 years ago when the Cray 1 and CDC Cyber 205 ``supercomputers'' were introduced. This had a huge impact on scientific computing. A very turbulent time at both the hardware and software level was to follow. Eventually the situation stabilized, but not for long. Today, there are two different trends in hardware architectures and have created a bifurcation in the market. On one hand the GPGPU quickly found a place in the marketplace, but is still the domain of the expert. In contrast to this, multicore processors make hardware parallelism available to the masses. Each have their own set of issues to deal with. In the last section we make an attempt to look into the future, but this is of course a highly personal opinion.
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