The dirty secret of high-performance computing

In the decades since Seymour Cray developed what is widely regarded as the world’s first supercomputer, CDC 6600 (opens in a new tab), an arms race was underway in the High Performance Computing (HPC) community. The goal: to increase efficiency by all means and at all costs.

Driven by advances in computing, storage, networking, and software, the performance of leading systems has grown a trillion times since the CDC 6600 was launched in 1964, from millions of floating point operations per second (megaFLOPS) to quintillions (exaFLOPS).

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