My very old friend Leonid Oliker, and winner of the annual Super Computing top paper award more times than I can recall, just got awarded top honors again for a joint effort that demonstrates how to build a super-supercomputer based on low-power embedded microprocessors (i.e. what is used in modern cell phones and ipods) that could process data 1,000 times more powerfully than today’s best supercomputer.
Using traditional supercomputer technology would cost about $1bn and require 200 megawatts of electricity to operate. Their ‘ipod’ supercomputer would cost $75m require only 4 megawatts of power and achieve a peak performance of 200 petaflops.
Every time I hear blog blather about Ruby vs PHP or Mac vs. Windoze, I think, people we’re not thinking hard enough about this.
Fortunately for us, Lenny is. And Lenny (on the right here) rocks.