The third Takagi Lectures
Nov. 23, 2007 (Fri) 11:30--12:30, 15:20--16:20
Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Do--it--yourself computational astronomy
--- Hardwares, algorithms, softwares, and sciences
Junichiro Makino
(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

We overview our GRAPE (GRAvity PipE) and GRAPE-DR project to develop dedicated computers for astrophysical N-body simulations. The basic idea of GRAPE is to attach a custom-build computer dedicated to the calculation of gravitational interaction between particles to a general-purpose programmable computer. By this hybrid architecture, we can achieve both a wide range of applications and very high peak performance. GRAPE-6, completed in 2002, achieved the peak speed of 64 Tflops. The next machine, GRAPE-DR, will have the peak speed of 2 Pflops and will be completed in 2008.
We discuss the physics of stellar systems, evolution of general-purpose highperformance computers, our GRAPE and GRAPE-DR projects and issues of numerical algorithms.

Japanese Journal of Mathematics

Takagi Lectures