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What, Exactly, Is a Supercomputer?

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Michel McCoy, LLNL

Michel McCoy, head of LLNL's Advanced Simulation and Computing program and deputy director for Computation.

Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

It's official: The United States is home to the world's fastest supercomputer. But what exactly are supercomputers and why should we care about them? I decided to go straight to the source—Mike McCoy, program director for advanced simulation and computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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