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Top world's fast computers have changed your life

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Top world's fast computers have changed your life

How do you like your car? Interested in film? Were you satisfied with both your doctor and your bank? Thank a supercomputer for you.

A supercomputer is required for long-term forecasting, predicting the route of a Category 5 storm, or simulating the harm caused by decades of climate change.

They are exactly what their name implies: machines with thousands of processors working in parallel to process quadrillions of operations per second on unfathomable amounts of data.

Some of humanity's most intractable issues are being tackled with the help of these electronic animals, which are being developed by scientists. Sierra, a supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is used for anything from modelling the human heart to predicting the blast radius of thermonuclear bombs. The Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has already been put to use in the improvement of battery technology and the simulation of exploding stars. The upcoming exactable supercomputer Aurora at Argonne National Laboratory could facilitate brain mapping and nuclear fusion research.

Most people don't realize how much of an impact supercomputers have on our daily lives right now. Many of the things that we do daily, such as checking the weather, travelling to the doctor, viewing a movie, or managing our finances, have benefited from developments made possible by HPCs.

Many are listed below; these are the most typical.

The weather: Should I bring an umbrella?

The weather on Earth is the result of the collisions of 2 x 1044 molecules (that's a 2 followed by 44 zeros) every second. Calculating the interactions of even a small percentage of these particles would take billions of calculations.

In April 1950, the University of Pennsylvania's Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer produced the world's first accurate 24-hour weather forecast. Many people consider ENIAC to be the first general-purpose computer, even though it was initially developed during World War II to determine the path of incoming enemy fire.

After the middle of the 1950s, most forecasts were generated by computers. Both the IBM and HPE Cray supercomputers used by the National Weather Service are around 10,000 times more powerful than the device you are currently using to read this. The reliability of weather forecasts has increased over time. The accuracy of today's 5-day forecast is normally about 90%, but 10-day forecasts are still only around 50% accurate. Pack an umbrella in case it rains on your long travel.

Vehicles: Hitting the Highway

Supercomputers have been used in the automotive industry for over 30 years, allowing for improvements in speed, safety, and efficiency. It wasn't until the late 1980s that Japanese automakers started making use of HPCs. While developing the aerodynamic "Aero-Wave" roofline for the 1993 RX-7 sports vehicle, Mazda used a Cray supercomputer that cost the company $8 million. Meanwhile, in 2004, GM invested in a supercomputer to replicate the outcomes of crash tests on virtual vehicles. There will be a growing need for high-performance computing (HPC) systems as we enter the era of autonomous vehicles, as these vehicles' artificial intelligence (AI) systems would need to be trained to distinguish between, say, a garbage bag in the road and a baby carriage.

You can also credit supercomputers for the convenience of gas stations. To better anticipate where oil deposits might be found, petrochemical firms are turning to three-dimensional seismic models. Perhaps the longer-lasting batteries for electric vehicles were developed with the help of a supercomputer, which means you can finally ditch your gas guzzler and make the switch to green transportation.

In this medical emergency, please wait to be seen by the computerized doctor.

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Do you feel better now that you've had a flu vaccination this year? Treatments and cures for COVID-19 are currently being developed with the help of supercomputers, much as they were for avian and swine flu.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputers are being used to generate digital twins of human organs so that researchers can study their reactions to treatments in advance of testing them on actual patients. Blue Brain 5 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise is currently being used to map the 88 billion synapses within the neocortex of mice, an essential step toward comprehending the human brain.

In the end, high-performance computing is projected to bring in a new era of personalized medicine, where individualized medicines are fine-tuned to fit your unique genetic composition.

Providing banking and other financial services: a sure bet

Have you ever made a purchase using a credit card while travelling abroad, only to be contacted by your bank minutes later to confirm the transaction? That's because your back is covered by an HPC-based machine learning algorithm. Banking fraud detection in real-time is computationally intensive. In a few seconds, MasterCard handles 165 million transactions per hour, each of which is analyzed using approximately 2 million criteria.

In addition to detecting and fending off cyberattacks, financial services firms utilize supercomputers for a range of other purposes, including evaluating investments, predicting prices, ensuring regulatory compliance, and managing high-volume trading. It's possible that the next time you contact your bank's customer care line, you won't get an actual person on the line, but rather an AI-powered bot that can gauge your mood and transfer your call appropriately.

When it comes to viewing pleasure, what are your preferences for tonight?

It would be unusual to discover a recent blockbuster that does not make use of CGI in some capacity. Nearly $6 billion was made at the box office by CGI-only films in 2018. More processing power is needed for more complex animation. The white doughy hero Baymax from Disney's "Big Hero 6" (2014) was created on a 55,000-core supercomputer that simulated 10 billion rays of light reflecting off each object.

Next, there was the musical "Cats" (2019). What little is spoken about it, the better?

Contrary to popular belief, CGI films have been around for quite some time. The Spirograph-like opening title sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film "Vertigo" was generated by an anti-aircraft targeting computer from World War II. Supercomputers made their big screen debut in 1984's "The Last Starfighter," which relied on a Cray X-MP to generate 27 minutes of special effects.

When it comes to astronomy, anything goes.

When we use our eyes and maybe a telescope to look at the night sky, we are looking back in time, into the not-so-distant past. Astrophysicists use powerful computers to recreate the universe just after the Big Bang, allowing them to peer back in time 13 billion years. The birth of galaxies, the depths of black holes, and the nature of dark matter have all been modelled using HPCs.

This may be the most significant and long-lasting effect of supercomputing: altering our view of the universe's origins and our place in it.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Amna Jabeen

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