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Faster than a speeding… supercomputer!

Sure, supercomputers are bigger, better, faster, stronger…but what do they actually do? This is a question I receive a lot – even though the ‘computer’ part is easy to understand, it’s the ‘super’ part many are curious about.

How do scientists use supercomputers? Video courtesy of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

Scientists and engineers are not simply people in white lab coats who perform experiments and observe results. They also work with complex mathematical models.

Think about a tornado and how many variables are involved before it actually forms and begins to lift trees and houses. You’ve got temperature, wind speed, direction…oh just watch the video!

- Amber Harmon

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