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January/February 2006 (vol. 8 no. 1)
pp. 15-17
Steven Gottlieb, Indiana University
My awareness of special-purpose computing goes back quite a long time. In the early 1980s, my former grad-school housemate and (still) good friend Doug Toussaint worked with Bob Pearson and John Richardson on a special-purpose computer to study the Ising model. They constructed and successfully used that computer, but by 1983, when Doug and I met up again at the University of Southern California, San Diego (UCSD), he was using the Ising model computer in his office as a coffeemaker stand, not for studying hot Ising spins. By serving as guest editor, I hoped to find a mix of mature and emerging projects that would provoke readers to wonder whether their own problems would be suited with a special-purpose computer.
Index Terms:
special-purpose computing, lattice gauge theory, lattice QCD
Steven Gottlieb, "Guest Editor's Introduction: Special-Purpose Computing," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 15-17, Jan.-Feb. 2006, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2006.7
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