Petascale Coming Down the Pike

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Given the combination of the ever-increasing power of compute hardware and researchers' desire to unlock the mysteries of life, it's no surprise that high-performance computing in the early 21st century is now talking in terms of a whole new scale of computation. While the life sciences community has for some time now been concerned with terrifying amounts of data in terabyte-scale proportions — that's 1,024 gigabytes — there is an even larger scale on the computational horizon: petascale computing.

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