The Software Implications of Supercomputer Architecture

by Kenneth W. Neves, Boeing Computer Services, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


A simple look at computer architecture from a computational (and hence user) perspective is observed. A relation between computer architecture and software development is explored. Today's supercomputers are rated at phenomenal performance potentials, yet on common applications they rarely achieve their rated maximums. Why? Should we even expect them to achieve rated maximums? These questions and others are explored. In order to make the concepts clear and precise, specific computers are used to give examples. The results are relevant to most of today's supercomputers, foreign and domestic.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Architecture | Systems engineering

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