The following is an excerpt from the HPC In the Cloud article on NDEMC. The full-length feature can be viewed by clicking on the link above .
By Tiffany Trader
The HPC community’s preoccupation with 1000X increments is well-documented. These thousand-fold speed-ups are parlayed into flashy systems, unveiled roughly every ten years or so. IBM’s Roadrunner had barely broken the petascale barrier in 2008, when the HPC community issued a collective, “what’s next?” Enter extreme computing.
According to the Council on Competitiveness, “Extreme Computing can be defined as pushing the boundaries of what can be currently achieved with High Performance Computing (HPC) and is 500 to 1000 times more capable than current high-end systems.”