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What is a supercomputer? "Supercomputers are used for calculation-intensive tasks such as quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modeling"Wikipedia. Why are they important? Did you know they are what make possible your Google search and your social networking on Facebook? They're also used to create those mind-bending special effects in your favorite big-budget movies. Working quietly behind the scenes, they have  become part of our everyday lives.

Millennium challenge #14 asks the question, How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition? "Over 2 billion internet users, 5 billion mobile phones, and uncountable billions of hardware devices are intercommunicating in a vast real-time multinetwork, supporting every facet of human activity." MP.  What will this picture look like in 70 years? Can you imagine what the next-generation super computer look like?  Explore the links in this wiki to learn about supercomputers, what they can do, and what they may become. Read why Peter Kogge believes that the supercomputers of the future will require engineers to rethink entirely how they construct these number crunchers. This is an exciting field that needs your creative mind to imagine solutions for the future. If you found anything interesting on your own, please consider sharing it in this open forum.


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Featured Article: 9 Super cool uses for Supercomputer

Supercomputers are the bodybuilders of the computer world. They boast tens of thousands of times the computing power of a desktop and cost tens of millions of dollars. They fill enormous rooms, which are chilled to prevent their thousands of microprocessor cores from overheating. And they perform trillions, or even thousands of trillions, of calculations per second.

All of that power means supercomputers are perfect for tackling big scientific problems, from uncovering the origins of the universe to delving into the patterns of protein folding that make life possible. Here are some of the most intriguing questions being tackled by supercomputers today.

 

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