It has always been the aim of computing to process large quantities of data in the minimum time with minimum levels of power consumption. Due to limitations in the flexibility of technology, this has traditionally been done in a less than optimum way. The embedded processing world has, for some time, been using a more flexible technology based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays. This has been a great success in tackling the sorts of problems now facing the High Performance Computing market (power, reliability etc.). Technology advances have now made it a possible contender for many (and growing) aspects of the general High Performance Computing market. This paper looks at the potential for application of reconfigurable computing (FPGAs) within Supercomputing.
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