by John West
Reinvention and change have always been at the core of HPC. As new technologies enter the computing landscape, our community adopts and adapts what it finds on the quest to expand the capabilities of the tools of discovery and exploration that we provide to enable the “makers” — the scientists, engineers, and thinkers — to make the world a better, safe, healthier place for all of us.
There is a periodicity to the change in HPC: ideas fade from relevance as new technologies come on the scene only to find themselves repurposed again a decade later in response to opportunities presented by even newer ideas. Today the idea of heterogeneous computing is once again shaping the present and future of HPC, and SC10 is focusing on heterogeneity as one of its three thrust areas