Supercomputers and their Impact on Civil Engineering

by Kenneth M. Will, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Super and Parallel Computers and Their Impact on Civil Engineering

Abstract: The increasing complexity of today's civil engineering applications requires increasing detail and analyses with associated increased demands on computer resources. At the high end of the computer performance ratings is a family of computers often referred to as supercomputers. Recent advances in computer hardware have resulted in phenomenal performance ratings and a newer class of machines referred to as mini-supercomputers which offer high performance at lower prices. This paper will discuss the characteristics of today's mini-supercomputer and supercomputers as well as their advantages.

Subject Headings: Ratings | Computer analysis | Equipment and machinery | Pricing | Computer aided design

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