1994 MIT SWSC Debate - Affirmative Position

Resolved: That to exploit advances in parallel processing technology, Fortune 500 companies should invest in networks of distributed workstations instead of parallel computers.

See the illustrated summary of the debate (slow to load, but worth it).

In the first affirmative round, Dawson Engler summarized empirical evidence showing:

A more detailed summary is available.

In the second affirmative round (slides available in HTML and Postscript), Ellen Spertus emphasized the following advantages of distributed workstations over MPPs:

Negative debate position

1994 MIT Student Workshop on Scalable Computing