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Supercomputing At The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Author(s): J. P. Boris
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Paper Abstract

Many future systems will need a computer incorporating good features of different architectures. Such a composite computer would divide a calculation into a number of subtasks to be executed on the most suitable subsystem. To date, relatively little experience has been gained in the design and use of such systems or even in interfacing different high performance computer architectures. It has been difficult enough to get one system working. Nevertheless complexities of modern problems force us to pull the advances made in signal processing, computer science, and large-scale scientific computing back together. We are assembling a production-oriented, Heterogeneous Element Supercomputer System (HESS) which incorporates high performance computers of different architectures to provide optimum overall performance on critical, computation-intensive problems facing the defense community. The system being assembled includes the Cray X-MP/12, the Laboratory for Computational Physics' Graphical and Array Processing System (GAPS), the NRL Network augmented by HUBNET, a multi-megabyte/sec fiber optics network connecting the main HESS participants, and additional highly parallel supercomputing elements to be installed for prototype use and evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 1986
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 0634, Optical and Hybrid Computing, (13 February 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963998
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J. P. Boris, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0634:
Optical and Hybrid Computing
Harold H. Szu, Editor(s)

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