TechnologyThe Dirty Secret of High Performance Computing

The Dirty Secret of High Performance Computing

In the decades since Seymour Cray developed what is widely considered the world’s first supercomputer, a CDC 6600 (Opens in a new tab)In the high performance computing (HPC) community, an arms race has been waged. The goal: to improve performance by any means and at any cost.

Driven by advances in computing, storage, networking, and software, the performance of pioneering systems has increased a trillion-fold since the CDC 6600 was revealed in 1964, from millions of floating-point operations per second (megaFLOPS) to quintillions (exaFLOPS).

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