Software developers know that getting the most out of a modern workstation or PC can be tricky. Paying closer attention to memory reference patterns and loop structure can have a huge payoff. "High Performance Computing" discusses how modern workstations get their performance and how to write code that makes optimal use of your hardware.
For those involved with purchasing or evaluating workstations, this book will help make intelligent comparisons. "High Performance Computing" shows how to interpret the commonly quoted industry benchmarks, what vendors do to show their machines in the best possible light, and how to run your own benchmarks. It also explains what the newest set of buzzwords really means, how caching and other memory design features affect performance, and where the newest "post-RISC" architectures are headed.
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