By current estimates, we’re about a decade away from having exascale computing capability. That’s a pretty long time – especially in our world of HPC. What will the world be like in 2022? What form will exascale computing take when it’s real? These are difficult questions to answer. Never before has the HPC community focused so intensely on a machine so far beyond its grasp. Nevertheless, stalwart cadres around the globe are drafting strategies, plans, and roadmaps to get from here to exascale. So, what about the rest of us? Are there useful things we could do while waiting - or instead of waiting - for exascale? Perhaps there are. In this talk we’ll take a look at a few possibilities, including:
• Big Data
• Broad HPC Deployment
• Computing in Industry
• Public Engagement
• Infrastructure Development and Build Out
• Success Metrics
Exascale computing may be a decade away, but there’s a lot to accomplish to be ready to exploit it. We’ll explore a few options here. We make no claim that these constitute the right agenda for the coming decade – nor do we suggest that we’ve given an exhaustive to-do list. Our intention is rather to open the conversation about what we should do while “waiting” for exascale.