LITERATURE REVIEW OF “PERSONAL SUPER COMPUTER”

Actually I just Googled it, but these days, isn’t Googling a lot like perfoming a literature review? Ok, maybe not. I wanted to see if the concept of the PSC was out there already in the world. What I found was partly what I expected: no-name companies trying to pass off flashy, slightly-faster-than-off-the-shelf computers as supercomputers. Some of what I found, however, surprised me. The idea of a personal super computer is out there. It seems a bit of holy grail in the sense that although there is a bunch of chatter and hoping for a machine cheap enough and yet powerful enough to call a PSC, the devices just aren’t here yet.

Anyway, this is what I’ve found so far. I’ll add to the list as I find more.

1. An article on a new parallel co-processor from ClearSpeed Technology. Not quite like what we have in mind, but this looks like another step towards bringing Super Computing into the family room. But how much did they say it costs? Ouch.

http://www.ce.org/publications/vision/2004/janfeb/p52.asp?bc=dept&department_id=10

2. An interesting page on super-computers in general and their uses.

http://www.thocp.net/hardware/supercomputers.htm

3. A page on grassroots science, but it makes mention of PSCs playing an important role in grassroots research.

http://www.sheldrake.org/evolutionary_mind/grassroots_science.html

4. An article on extreme computing that seems to cover some of the same issues we are facing, and also has mention of an Intel Personal Super Computer that was introduced in the 1980’s.

http://www.idi.ntnu.no/~elster/pubs/sims02-elster.pdf

5. The Gravitor project bills itself as an Almost Super Computer.

http://obswww.unige.ch/~pfennige/gravitor/gravitor_e.html

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