IEEE held their annual fest for uber-techies at SuperComputing ’12 this week in Salt Lake City. With over 8000 attendees flocking to the snowy site in spite of the economy and impending fiscal cliff, this event has become a mecca for anyone seeking the next great technology in computing hardware for serious work. In the old days, it was all about (Tera)Flops and Fortran. These days it is about Big Data, hardware acceleration, interconnect fabrics, storage, and green computing. Wandering around in the massive exhibit hall, one could see name badges from companies like eBay, Amazon, Peer One Hosting, and Dreamworks, right alongside the traditional attendees from leading universities, National Labs, and the Departments of Defense and Energy.
So, what’s a little core like ARM doing in a place like this? Its all about the data. “Data Intensive Computing” in HPC is pronounced “Big Data” in the enterprise. And the two communities have another thing in common: both are seeking more energy efficient solutions to large computations challenges. So naturally, they are turning to ARM with great hopes for the future.