Bring out supercomputing from the ivory tower

Dr Zhiyi Huang
Senior Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science

You can do supercomputing without a supercomputer. Just use the existing networked PCs!
In this presentation, I will talk about our experience on supercomputing with up to 32 networked PCs. Two kinds of programming environments, message passing and distributed shared memory (DSM), will be evaluated in terms of performance and programming convenience. Our research work on consistency models for DSM will also be briefly described. Finally a plan to build a dedicated, Beowulf-class PC cluster will be addressed.