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In engineering, they range from 50 000 lines to perhaps 2 000 000 lines of code, with development teams of 5^50 people. I suspect the same is true for many other areas of science, including biological simulations. Managing such extensive software development requires very able programmers with good software engineering skills. However, academic researchers are more focused on the scienti¢c goals of the research, and academic salaries are not attractive to talented information technology (IT) sta¡.
We are therefore outstripping Moore’s law by a very signi¢cant factor. Paterson: I think the problem is even worse than this. As we start building this class of large models, there are never enough data to give us de¢nitive answers as to how these systems are working. We are always in the process of formulating di¡erent hypotheses of what might be going on in these systems. Fundamentally, in systems biology/integrative physiology we have to deal with combinatorics. We may be seeing a geometric growth in computing power, but I would argue that the permutations of component hypotheses within an integrated physiological system also grow geometrically with the size of the biological system being studied.
By ‘striping’ data across multiple disks and reading/writing in parallel across these disks it has also been possible to greatly increase aggregate disk read/write speeds. Unfortunately, backup tape speeds have not improved in line with the rapid increase in disk sizes, and this is now a signi¢cant problem. System interconnect. Connecting the di¡erent components within a computer is now one of the central challenges in computer design. The chips for the crossbar switching are themselves now becoming commodity components.