5 Uses of Supercomputers That May Surprise You!

5 Uses of Supercomputers That May Surprise You!

Supercomputer in our Lives

Supercomputers have the potential to turn us into “superhumans”; it has the power to be the underlying layer to solve the hardest problems that may improve our daily life including, medical research, supply-chain logistics, data mining, global privacy and identity issues, weather forecast, transportation management, support decision-making in many areas like electricity or water distribution or urban planning, provide faster diagnosis and better treatments, and much more. Whereas, supercomputers are composed of thousands of processors that work in parallel in order to offer smart solutions in real-time with quality and accuracy.

Supercomputers have the ability to well-understand the complexity of a huge amount of information - coming from many sources – and to allow us to design and simulate “accurate” effects of many of the modern challenges in our society. However, here are some of the uses of HPCs that may surprise you.

Real-life Application of High-Performance Computers

1-     Modeling Swine Flu

Potential pandemic diseases like the H1N1 “Swine Flu” require an accurate and fast response on figuring out how the virus is spreading, and finding drugs to stop it as fast as possible. Supercomputers can help us with both! During the recent H1N1 outbreak, researchers use a program that is designed to model populations up to 300 million strong to figure out how the virus is spreading and finding an effective drug for it. Researchers managed to figure out how drugs would bind to the virus and simulated the mutations that might lead to drug resistance.


2-     Bitcoin Marketplace

Computer geeks discovered that supercomputing processes are perfect for mining for Bitcoin. They use dedicated mining machines built purely to mitigate Bitcoin hash-rate problems. Moreover, supercomputers are now becoming essential for real financial success in the emerging online currency world.

3-     News Media

Recently, the Associated Press and other major news organizations are using software applications, which employ algorithms to spot facts and key trends in data mining, as well as, describe them in a narrative way. These algorithms can comb through historical data for outlier cases, select appropriate words from a vast thesaurus, and apply what it considers to be the best ones to describe a situation.

Using such technology enhances the journalists’ ability to generate more accurate insights for data-centric stories such as earnings reports.

4-     Smog Control in Cities

High-Performance computers can be used in analyzing meteorological data, which helps scientists to predict pollution levels in major cities. It can help identify the source and dispersal pattern of pollutants across the city with a street-level degree of detail, days in advance. Public health officials can warn at-risk individuals and potentially control the pollution’s damaging effect on their community.

The accurate insights – which scientists get by using high-performance computing- can also help reduce pollution in the future by looking at energy consumption, predicting the effectiveness of alternative energy sources, or managing energy production effectively to minimize waste.

5-     Mapping the Bloodstream

Do you know that the total length of all of the arteries, capillaries, and veins in the human body is between 60,000 and 100,000 miles? Scientists had to work with multiple laboratories and multiple computer clusters to map blood flow through this complex system in real-time. Using high-performance computing could help researchers better describe the flow of blood through the brain. So, they will be able to understand strokes, traumatic brain injury, and other vascular brain diseases.

The Best Supercomputer Centers in KSA

Aziz Supercomputer is one of the best HPC centers in KSA and Middle East. With the heterogeneous architecture of Aziz Supercomputer, companies can now have a high return on investment as it has its own competitive advantage of solving the most crucial supercomputing challenges in different domains. Thanks to its three efficient processing architectures: the traditional Intel-based CPU nodes, Intel Xeon-Phi MIC, and General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs).

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