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October 30, 2008

Is Supercomputing Just About Performance?

Andrew Jones

Originally the P in HPC stood for ‘performance’ and, to professionals in the field HPC will always mean ‘high-performance computing’ — also known as supercomputing. As one of those professionals, and as a slight pedant, it always irritated me when people took the P to mean ‘power’, as in ‘high-powered computing’. “It’s performance, not power…” I would mutter through gritted teeth.

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