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


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 | Computing in civil engineering | Computer software

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