The Kafkian Castle and the Digital Universe
Intersect360 Research projects the HPC revenue compound annual growth rate to be 6.5% from 2012 to 2017, reaching $39.9 billion at the end of the forecast period.
Here we are: Digital Universe increases 40%, while the size of the technology required to make sense of these enormous data increases only 6.5%,
I discovered that 99% of the world scientists are supercomputer illiterate and they don't have access to one large cluster or supercomputer.
They are like inside the village with the Castle - from Franz Kafka novel - in the background. Every one can see it, but no one knows how to get there
The Top500 Tianhe-2 supercomputer is such a castle. No one knows how much it costs, no one is sure what software they use and what applications they run. But it is the fastest. Fastest for what?