19 Nov '13, 5pm

Tianhe-2 Remains the Biggest of Computing’s Big Iron

Tianhe-2 Remains the Biggest of Computing’s Big Iron

Tianhe-2’s makers also have some applications in mind, but the description they shared with Dongarra in May was suspiciously vague. Two of those applications are the kind of things you'd expect a supercomputer to tackle: computational fluid dynamic modeling (in particular for the design of China’s upcoming C919 airliner) and gyrokinetic toroidal code for studying magnetic-confinement fusion. But the two other applications areas Dongerra reported--"business opinion analysis" and "security e-Government Cloud"--could mean almost anything and in any event strike me as things that could be handled readily enough using more typical data centers.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/tia...

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