The supercomputer is a computer which has high performance than any other computer. The speed of a supercomputer is calculated in floating points operation per second i.e. FLOPS. The supercomputer can perform bigger tasks than a normal computer can do. These computers work on the basis of parallel processing. Thousands of microprocessors are attached to these computers and they complete any job by parallel processing. Each job is divided into multiple segments and every microprocessor do a segment of the job.
Supercomputers are very expensive in cost so smaller companies cannot afford it. They are only used for big projects. Supercomputers have a high capacity of RAM and storage.
Where is supercomputer used
Supercomputers are used in following areas:-
Oil and gas exploration
Price of supercomputer
Price of supercomputer varies depending upon how much floating point calculations it can perform. Normal supercomputer costs you about $20,000. But larger supercomputer costs about $300 million. Pratyush (Cray XC40) is the fastest supercomputer in India. China has the fastest supercomputer in the world.
Benefits of supercomputer
Supercomputer are used by many big companies like IBM, Paypal etc. These computers help to prevent frauds in online transactions. Many automobiles companies use these computers to check fuel consumption and design manufacturing. Supercomputers also help to research in medical field.