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June 17, 2009

HPC Hopscotch

Douglas Eadline, Ph.D.

In my last column, I discussed a possible future for HPC programming. Briefly, I assumed that as cores per socket continue to grow, HPC programming models would diverge. I assume a small thread-based model would be used on multi-core systems (single memory domain) and a large model based on the current message passing (MPI) methodology used in clusters. It seems that I was not alone in thinking about this issue.

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