ⓘ Supercomputer. A supercomputer is a computer with great speed and memory. This kind of computer can do jobs faster than any other computer of its generation. Th ..


ⓘ Supercomputer

A supercomputer is a computer with great speed and memory. This kind of computer can do jobs faster than any other computer of its generation. They are usually thousands of times faster than ordinary personal computers made at that time. Supercomputers can do arithmetic jobs very fast, so they are used for weather forecasting, code-breaking, genetic analysis and other jobs that need many calculations. When new computers of all classes become more powerful, new ordinary computers are made with powers that only supercomputers had in the past, while new supercomputers continue to outclass them.

Electrical engineers make supercomputers that link many thousands of microprocessors.


1. Types

Supercomputer types include: shared memory, distributed memory and array. Supercomputers with shared memory are developed by using a parallel computing and pipelining concept. Supercomputers with distributed memory consist of many about 100~10000 nodes. CRAY series of CRAYRESERCH and VP 2400/40, NEC의 SX-3 of HUCIS are shared memory types. nCube 3, iPSC/860, AP 1000, NCR 3700, Paragon XP/S, CM-5 are distributed memory types.

An array type computer named ILIAC started working in 1972. Later, the CF-11, CM-2, and the Mas Par MP-2 which is also an array type were developed. Supercomputers that use a physically separated memory as one shared memory include the T3D, KSR1, and Tera Computer.


1.1. Types Supercomputing centers, organizations


  • NAREGI Archived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine Japanese NAtional REsearch Grid Initiative involving several supercomputer centers
  • TeraGrid Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, a national facility integrating nine US supercomputing centers
  • DEISA Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, a facility integrating eleven European supercomputing centers.


  • Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Formerly Minnesota Supercomputer Center operated by University of Minnesota
  • NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility
  • Ohio Supercomputer Center OSC
  • System X Archived 2004-09-17 at the Wayback Machine at Virginia Tech
  • PSNC Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poznan, Poland
  • DCSC Danish Centre for Scientific Computing. Based at the University of Copenhagen.
  • CINES Centre Informatique National de lEnseignement Superieur, France
  • BSC Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Spanish national supercomputing facility and R&D center
  • SARA Archived 2006-02-08 at the Wayback Machine Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center NERSC
  • CeSViMa Supercomputing and Visualization Center of Madrid
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications NCSA
  • HPCx Archived 2020-01-03 at the Wayback Machine UK national supercomputer service operated by EPCC and Daresbury Lab
  • CSAR UK national supercomputer service operated by Manchester Computing
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center SDSC
  • EPCC Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. Based in the University of Edinburgh.
  • CINECA Interuniversity Consortium, Italy
  • Texas Advanced Computing Center TACC
  • CESGA Galicia Supercomputing Center - Centro de Supercomputacion de Galicia
  • IRB Archived 2008-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  • GSIC Global Scientific Information and Computing Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center operated by University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
  • CESCA Supercomputing Centre of Catalonia - Centre de Supercomputacio de Catalunya
  • NSC National Supercomputer Centre in Sweden at Linkoping University, Sweden
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR
  • HECToR UK national supercomputer service provided by a consortium of EPCC, Cray and Numerical Algorithms Group NAG

1.2. Types Specific machines, general-purpose

  • MCR LLNL Linux NetworX Supermicro based Supercomputer "3rd largest supercomputer in 2004" Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  • NEC high-performance computing information Archived 2003-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  • Article about Japanese "Earth Simulator" computer Archived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  • Superconducting Supercomputer
  • Linux NetworX press release: Linux NetworX to build "largest" Linux supercomputer
  • ASCI White press release Archived 2006-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  • "Earth Simulator" website in English Archived 2007-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  • Blue Waters Petascale Computing System

1.3. Types Specific machines, special-purpose

  • More special-purpose supercomputer information Archived 2003-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  • Information about the APEmille special-purpose computer
  • Information about the apeNEXT special-purpose computer
  • Papers on the GRAPE special-purpose computer Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  • Information about the QCDOC project, machines Archived 2008-12-22 at the Wayback Machine