What are supercomputers?

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You want to know what supercomputers are, what supercomputers are used for and what exascale is? In this video we answer your questions! Find out more: http://bit.ly/SupercomputersEU High performance computing (HPC), also known as supercomputing, refers to computing systems with extremely high computational power that are able to solve hugely complex and demanding problems. In the digital era, HPC is at the core of major advances and innovation, and a strategic resource for Europe's future. In today’s world, larger and larger amounts of data are constantly being generated, from 33 zettabytes globally in 2018 to an expected 175 zettabytes in 2025 (1 zettabyte is equal to 1 trillion gigabytes). As a result, the nature of computing is changing, with an increasing number of data-intensive critical applications. HPC is key to processing and analysing this growing volume of data, and to making the most of it for the benefit of citizens, businesses, researchers and public administrations. HPC can be used in a large number of application areas: from monitoring and mitigating the effects of climate change and producing safer and greener vehicles to increasing cybersecurity and advancing the frontiers of knowledge in nearly every scientific field. It is also starting to play a key role in medicine: HPC can be used in drug design, from testing drug candidate molecules to repositioning existing drugsfor new diseases, but also helps to understand the origins and evolution of epidemics and diseases. Supercomputers are actively involved in the quest for treatments for COVID-19. Moreover, HPC has proved to be of great importance in developing new applications and products, with a direct impact on the digital supply chain, such as designing new materials, cars and aeroplanes, and bioengineering and manufacturing. About Digital EU The Directorate-General for Commuications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) develops and implements policies to make Europe fit for the digital age. We invest in research, innovation, deployment and uptake of trustworthy and green digital technologies that improve our economy and people’s lives. Through funding, legislation and policy initiatives, we help ensure European leadership and independence in critical digital technologies(such as Artificial Intelligence, Common Data Spaces, high-performance computing, 5G, micro-electronics, blockchain and quantum). We work towards making Europe a global leader in the data economy and in cybersecurity. We foster the internal market where all companies can invest and compete on equal terms, develop, market and use digital technologies, products and services and where the rights of creators and consumers are respected. We work on the deployment of very high-speed networks to all companies and households, as connectivity is key for digital transformation.We promote the EU’s human-centric model of an innovative, fair and sustainable digital transformation of society, which respects our democratic values, our fundamental rights and cultural diversity. We help bridge the digital divide by supporting digital literacy and skills of EU citizens. About the European Commission The Commission represents and upholds the interests of the EU as a whole, and is independent of national governments. The European Commission prepares legislation for adoption by the Council (representing the member countries) and the Parliament (representing the citizens). It administers the budget and the policy programmes (agriculture, fisheries, research etc.) in cooperation with authorities in the member countries. The Commission's work is steered by a College of Commissioners, and led by its President. The Commissioners work on specific policy priorities that are set out by the Commission President. More Videos: Subscribe to EuropeanCommission: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 All European Commission Videos: http://bit.ly/EUCommissionVideos Follow Us On: ► Twitter: ​https://twitter.com/DSMeu​ ► Instagram: ​https://www.instagram.com/digitalsing...​ ► Facebook: ​https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSingl...​ ► Newsletters: ​https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-m...​ ► Check our Website: ​https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-m...​

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