- liken a supercomputer to a "pile of silicon, copper, optical fibre, pipework, and other heavy hardware [...] an imposing monument that politicians can cut ribbons in front of";
- describe system architecture as "the art of balancing the desires of capacity, performance and resilience against the frustrations of power, cooling, dollars, space, and so on";
- introduce software as magic and infrastructure and a virtual knowledge engine;
- and note that "delivering science insight or engineering results from [supercomputing] requires users";
- and propose that we need a roadmap for people just as much as for the hardware technology.
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