Building the Teraflops/Petabytes production supercomputing center

Horst D. Simon, William T.C. Kramer, Robert F. Lucas

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In just one decade, the 1990s, supercomputer centers have undergone two fundamental transitions which require rethinking their operation and their role in high performance computing. The first transition in the early to mid-1990s resulted from a technology change in high performance computing architecture. Highly parallel distributed memory machines built from commodity parts increased the operational complexity of the supercomputer center, and required the introduction of intellectual services as equally important components of the center. The second transition is happening in the late 1990s as centers are introducing loosely coupled clusters of SMPs as their premier high performance computing platforms, while dealing with an ever-increasing volume of data. In addition, increasing network bandwidth enables new modes of use of a supercomputer center, in particular, computational grid applications. In this paper we describe what steps NERSC is taking to address these issues and stay at the leading edge of supercomputing centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuro-Par 1999 - Parallel Processing
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)3540664432, 9783540664437
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Parallel Processing, Euro-Par 1999 - Toulouse, France
Duration: Aug 31 1999Sep 3 1999

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1685 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other5th International Conference on Parallel Processing, Euro-Par 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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