What the TOP500 doesn’t tell us

The new Top500 list is out. But how useful is it? HPC Wire Editor Michael Feldman takes a look:
‘If the proponents of massive-scale computing are correct, big systems will inherit the IT landscape. In this scenario, computational power will consolidate into larger, fewer machines and most computing will be accessed as a service via a utility model (a la Sun Microsystems’ Network.com). Some have even suggested that a handful of computers may be all that’s required for the entire world’s computing needs. If that’s our future, then at some point the Top500 list will look pretty sparse.” Full Story


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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