One topic - even more so than cheap shrimp - dominated this year's Supercomputing conference in Reno: Accelerators. The server and chip industries have felt the rise of the accelerator coming for some time. Last year's conference, for example, had the hardware heads pitted against the coders. The software set wondered if enough …
If I could get a rack like that in the building, I'd be happy lol
Hardware needs software....
It is worth looking at some of the related developments in programming these beasts. Geomerix is a spin-out from the radio-astronomy department of the Cavendish lab at Cambridge (UK), providing a convenient environment for programming these problems (magnetic field modelling, graphics etc.) using geometric algebra. Apparently a lot of 3D work is simpler in 5D....
There are a lot of developers out here that are capable of multiprocessing coding of vector arrays (as we called array processors in the seismic realm). After working in a field that needs such things for a few years we get laid off once our immediate task is done and find other work in multiprocessing arrays of boxes on a net, or virtualization, or trying to explain to customers why clicking on image filled emails is a bad thing.
Perhaps there will be a steady need for our skills.
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