Supercomputer Seeks Superprogrammer

1 Jun 2007

Steve Tally of Purdue University has written a wonderful overview of the critical issue facing high-performance computing today: performance gains are no longer tied to transistor counts but to new concurrent hardware architectures, and the programmer base is lagging behind the necessary skills to drive those architectures.

The fastest of the fastest computers — supercomputers used at national research centers, research universities and major corporations — will soon gain even more performance by taking advantage of multicore computing.

Despite the promise of almost unimagined computing power, however, even computing experts wonder whether this time the hardware developers have raced too far ahead of many programmers’ ability to create software.

From ACM TechNews.


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