Article by Mark Rockwell of Government Computer News
The ECP program and the push to get an exascale system, or possibly two, operational isn’t to catch up to China, said ECP Director Paul Messina. Its goal is to develop an exascale computer that is capable of working through actual applications. Messina said it’s unclear if China’s system is exascale only at raw peak operational speed, or like the EPC’s effort, it will be capable of working on actual applications.
Messina said the joint development with commercial companies is essential to tackle development of memory architectures, higher speed interconnects, improved reliability and approaches for increasing computing power without prohibitive increases in energy demand.