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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

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  • Re:Really now (Score:4, Informative)

    by Hartree (191324) on Monday July 14, 2014 @11:41PM (#47453817)

    Horse hockey.

    South Africa (one of the destinations) is the tech hub of southern Africa and has long been highly competitive with Europe and the Americas in research and industry.

    Supercomputers can be used for all sorts of problem solving and are part of the basic modern scientific infrastructure. You don't have to have the utter best and fastest to still be very useful.

    To keep at the cutting edge you have to get ever faster systems. But most day to day research work doesn't need that much horsepower. (full disclosure: I work for the chemistry department at a major US university. I'm in the same group that supports research computation, though I do lab instrument repair)

    How do you propose to train and keep researchers to solve the problems of those countries if there are no facilities?

    Are you saying that they should shut down everything in their research centers and universities until every problem is solved? That's like locking the toolbox until the car is fixed. Doesn't make much sense does it?

    That's like saying you should shut down US universities and research labs until we take care of the many civil problems we still face (poverty and crime ridden areas, for example)

Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.