Demand Surges for Supercomputers

Demand is suddenly surging for the largest scientific computers, driven by technology changes seen in two powerful systems unveiled this week.

The supercomputers, installed in Illinois and Texas — each requiring about the space of a basketball court — use new combinations of semiconductor chips to tackle complex scientific problems in fields such as climate change, earthquake prediction and medicine.

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