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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2006 vol. 8)
ISSN: 1521-9615
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.
special-purpose computing, lattice gauge theory, lattice QCD

S. Gottlieb, "Guest Editor's Introduction: Special-Purpose Computing," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 8, no. , pp. 15-17, 2006.
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