> "That's the nice thing about NERSC having all these cores available," he said. "We could just increase the load with just one change in one line in a piece of code and, boom, it just goes off and grabs more processors."
Uh, huh? You have to actually edit and recompile the code to change the number of CPUs? Sorry, that's hideously crude and primitive, cloud apps based on services like AWS or Appengine can do that without needing to be rebuilt, or even restarted. They should try not to boast about their weaknesses.