- Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Computational Science
- Hardcover: 730 pages
- Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466568348
- ISBN-13: 978-1466568341
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Contemporary High Performance Computing: From Petascale toward Exascale (Chapman & Hall/CRC Computational Science) 1st Edition
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"Jeffrey Vetter has organized and edited a definitive state-of-the-practice volume on high-end high-performance computing (HPC), as it exists right now. What is provided is an insider’s view of major HPC ecosystems, in a world where petascale computing is the reality. … Consistent editing and parallel presentations contribute to the usefulness of this volume. Numerous figures and tables complement the text … an important reference for the high-end HPC community."
―Computing Reviews, July 2013
About the Author
Jeffrey S. Vetter holds a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). At ORNL, he is a Distinguished R&D Staff member and the founding Group Leader of the Future Technologies Group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Vetter is a professor in the Computational Science and Engineering School of the College of Computing, the principal investigator for the NSF Track 2D Experimental Computing Facility (Keeneland), and the director of the NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech. A Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist member of the ACM, Dr. Vetter has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers and has been a recipient of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize. His current research explores the role of emerging technologies in high performance computing.
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Saying this is Jeff's book is a bit misleading, as he was only the editor (and of course the one with the idea). Most of the book is composed of overviews of 18 top HPC sites and 3 HPC/Cloud initiatives. Jeff does give an introduction to trends in HPC, followed by a chapter on the HPC Challenge benchmark suite by Jack Dongarra and Piotr Luszczek and a chapter on the Green 500 list.
With the DoD's TI-13 RFP due this month, vendors bidding on this year's proposal might want to spring for 1-day delivery on Amazon and read Chapter 6, Supercomputing in the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program by John West.
Of course, I particularly enjoyed reading Chapter 7 on the Keeneland Heterogeneous GPU system and Chapter 20 on TSUBAME2.0, both HP supercomputers. Chapter 11, Supercomputing at Moscow State University was a treasure trove of Russian history starting with the Strela supercomputer installed in 1956.
Other chapters cover such notable HPC systems as China's Tianhe-1A system, of course Blue Waters and Titan get their own chapters, as do systems at NASA, SDSC, PSC, and the French Tera 100 system. Now a question I have to ask Jeff the next time I talk to him is why Tera 100 was selected for the first systems chapter? Could it be because Paris has the best croissants?
If you are at all interested in modern day supercomputing, I highly recommend this book. Given how fast the technology in HPC evolves, it should make equally interesting history to pick up and look at 10 years from now!