Advances in Computers

Advances in Computers

High Performance Computing

First published on June 24, 2008
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  • Editor: Marvin Zelkowitz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080880303

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This is volume 72 of Advances in Computers, a series that began back in 1960 and is the oldest continuing series chronicling the ever-changing landscape of information technology. Each year three volumes are produced, which present approximately 20 chapters that describe the latest technology in the use of computers today. In this volume 72, we present the current status in the development of a new generation of high-performance computers. The computer today has become ubiquitous with millions of machines being sold (and discarded) annually. Powerful machines are produced for only a few hundred U.S. dollars, and one of the problems faced by vendors of these machines is that, due to the continuing adherence to Moore’s law, where the speed of such machines doubles about every 18 months, we typically have more than enough computer power for our needs for word processing, surfing the web, or playing video games. However, the same cannot be said for applications that require large powerful machines. Applications such as weather and climate prediction, fluid flow for designing new airplanes or automobiles, or nuclear plasma flow require as much computer power as we can provide, and even that is not enough. Today’s machines operate at the teraflop level (trillions of floating point operations per second) and this book describes research into the petaflop region (1,015 FLOPS). The six chapters provide an overview of current activities that will provide for the introduction of these machines in the years 2011 through 2015.


Researchers in high performance computer areas, hardware manufacturers, physics and scientific computation and computer science educational programs

Table of Contents

  • 1. DARPA's HPCS Program: History, Models, Tools, Languages - Jack Dongarra, Robert Graybill, William Harrod, Robert Lucas, Ewing Lusk, Piotr Luszczek, Janice McMahon, Allan Snavely, Jeffery Vetter, Katherine Yelick, Sadaf Alam, Roy Campbell, Laura Carrington, Tzu-Yi Chen, Omid Khalili, Jeremy Meredith, and Mustafa Tikir

    2. Productivity in High Performance Computing - Thomas Sterling and Chirag Dekate

    3. Performance Prediction and Ranking of Supercomputers - Tzu-Yi Chen, Omid Khalili, Roy L. Campbell, Jr. Laura Carrington, Mustafa M. Tikir, and Allan Snavely

    4. Sampled Processor Simulation: A Survey - Lieven Eeckhout

    5. Distributed Sparse Matrices for Very High Level Languages - John R. Gilbert, Steve Reinhardt and Viral B. Shah

    6. Bibliographic Snapshots of High Performance/High Productivity Computing – Myron Ginsberg

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: June 24, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080880303
  • About the Editor

    Marvin Zelkowitz

    Affiliations and Expertise

    University of Maryland, Department of Computer Science, College Park, USA