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Supercomputational Science

  • R. G. Evans
  • S. Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. R. G. Evans, S. Wilson
    Pages 1-2
  3. R. G. Evans, S. Wilson
    Pages 13-23
  4. S. Wilson
    Pages 81-107
  5. J. J. Du Croz, P. J. D. Mayes
    Pages 109-129
  6. A. R. Bell
    Pages 131-145
  7. I. Haneef
    Pages 243-250
  8. D. S. Moss, T. P. Flores
    Pages 251-268
  9. W. Graham Richards
    Pages 269-273
  10. J. O. Baum, L. Cruzeiro-Hansson
    Pages 275-286
  11. W. M. Temmerman, Z. Szotek, H. Winter, G. Y. Guo
    Pages 287-317
  12. B. J. Ralston, F. Thomas, H. K. F. Yeung
    Pages 327-331
  13. B. W. Davies
    Pages 333-343
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 345-349

About this book

Introduction

In contemporary research, the supercomputer now ranks, along with radio telescopes, particle accelerators and the other apparatus of "big science", as an expensive resource, which is nevertheless essential for state of the art research. Supercomputers are usually provided as shar.ed central facilities. However, unlike, telescopes and accelerators, they are find a wide range of applications which extends across a broad spectrum of research activity. The difference in performance between a "good" and a "bad" computer program on a traditional serial computer may be a factor of two or three, but on a contemporary supercomputer it can easily be a factor of one hundred or even more! Furthermore, this factor is likely to increase with future generations of machines. In keeping with the large capital and recurrent costs of these machines, it is appropriate to devote effort to training and familiarization so that supercomputers are employed to best effect. This volume records the lectures delivered at a Summer School held at The Coseners House in Abingdon, which was an attempt to disseminate research methods in the different areas in which supercomputers are used. It is hoped that the publication of the lectures in this form will enable the experiences and achievements of supercomputer users to be shared with a larger audience. We thank all the lecturers and participants for making the Summer School an enjoyable and profitable experience. Finally, we thank the Science and Engineering Research Council and The Computer Board for supporting the Summer School.

Keywords

Approximation algorithms dynamics supercomputer

Editors and affiliations

  • R. G. Evans
    • 1
  • S. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryChilton, OxfordshireUK

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