Five Places You Didn't Think You'd Find Supercomputers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-08-21

Traditionally, the supercomputer has been associated with the cold, dark corners of the server room; that was back in the era before the cloud became ubiquitous and the businessperson's primary tool was a mobile device. Unless you've been an upper-echelon scientist, mathematician or hard-core computer geek, few people have real working knowledge of supercomputing. Supercomputing is often relegated to the realms of research-intensive, scientific tasks, such as analyzing large amounts of data to solve medical, environmental, infrastructure or a wide variety of other scientific challenges. Indeed, supercomputers are used by scientists studying weather, climate, oceanography, space, computational science, energy production, carbon sequestration, and drug research and development. But what is less often identified with supercomputers nowadays are the ways they affect our real-life, day-to-day experiences—driving on the highway, reading the news or even eating. This eWEEK slide show, developed with input from Bill Mannel, general manager of Compute Servers at SGI, conjures up five real-life applications of supercomputers that you may not have known about until now.


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