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The Past, Present and Future of High Performance Computing



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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  author =	{Ruud van der Pas},
  title =	{The Past, Present and Future of High Performance Computing},
  booktitle =	{Combinatorial Scientific Computing},
  year =	{2009},
  editor =	{Uwe Naumann and Olaf Schenk and Horst D. Simon and Sivan Toledo},
  number =	{09061},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  annote =	{Keywords: High-Performance Scientific Computing}

Keywords: High-Performance Scientific Computing
Seminar: 09061 - Combinatorial Scientific Computing
Issue date: 2009
Date of publication: 24.07.2009

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