The purpose of commodity cluster computing is to utilize large numbers of readily available computing components for parallel computing to obtaining the greatest amount of useful computations for the least cost. The issue of the cost of a computational resource is key to computational science and data processing at GSFC as it is at most other places, the difference being that the need at GSFC far exceeds any expectation of meeting that need. Therefore, Goddard scientists need as much computing resources that are available for the provided funds. This is exemplified in the following brief history of low-cost high-performance computing at GSFC.
Dorband, John E.; Palencia, Josephine; and Ranawake, Udaya
"Commodity Computing Clusters at Goddard Space Flight Center,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 2
, Article 14.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol2/iss3/14
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