We're all familiar with computers and the concept of doing work via these silicon-chip-driven modern wonders. The technological advances have been stunning: a typical handheld computing device today has more computing power than a 1960s computer that took up an entire room. In today's world, computing size is inversely proportional to computer speed: The smaller the computer, the faster it works. With computing speed just about doubling every eighteen months, today's processing power is more than 100 million times that of a computer in 1970.
What does the future hold for computers and their ever-growing power? In Scientific American's UNDERSTANDING SUPERCOMPUTING, you'll discover what constitutes a "supercomputer," how supercomputers function, and how you can make your own computer into a super machine (it's a matter of networking). From a chess computer that can beat the world's greatest human player to machines that control satellite communications, find out what tomorrow holds in store for supercomputers in terms of hardware, software, and everyday applications.
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Grand Central Publishing
November 30, 2002
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