Imec, Intel See Software as Key to Exascale Computing

Future exaflop supercomputers will consume too much power without new software

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Imec, Intel See Software as Key to Exascale Computing


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23 June 2010—Earlier this month Intel and Imec—a European nanotech research center in Leuven, Belgium—announced that they are partnering to push supercomputers to the fastest, highest performance levels yet. According to Imec engineers, that could help solve incredibly complex research problems, such as simulating the human brain, predicting space weather, and modeling Earth’s climate and the global economy. The two companies see software innovation as key to making it all happen.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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