Weather-Predicting Supercomputer Spawns High-Tech Race
from the bigger,-faster,-better dept
Wasn’t distributed computing supposed to get rid of the need for big expensive supercomputers? It seems that there’s still a market for “big iron”, as many in the US computing industry are upset that Japan has trumped them with their Earth Simulator super computer, which runs faster than the top five US supercomputers combined. Apparently, the Earth Simulator has given Japan an edge in both supercomputers and in climate and weather studies, which the computer is used for. Of course, things change quickly, and already IBM and Cray say that they’ll have more powerful supercomputers by 2004. I do wonder, though, if all this focus on big iron does puts the focus too much on the size of the computer, and less on other ways (such as distributed computing) to accomplish the same results.