By Michael Breuer,Franz Durst,Christoph Zenger

In Douglas Adams' publication 'Hitchhiker's advisor to the Galaxy', hyper-intelligent beings reached some degree of their lifestyles the place they desired to comprehend the aim in their personal life and the universe. They equipped a supercomputer, known as Deep inspiration, and upon crowning glory, they requested it for the reply to the final word query of existence, the universe and every little thing else. the pc labored for a number of millennia at the solutions to a lot of these questions. whilst the day arrived for hyper-intelligent beings the to obtain the reply, they have been surprised, stunned and dissatisfied to listen to that the reply used to be easily forty two. The nonetheless open inquiries to scientists and engineers are usually a lot sim­ pler and for that reason the solutions are extra average. in addition, simply because humans are too impatient and never able to look ahead to this type of lengthy pe­ riod, high-performance computing options were built, resulting in a lot quicker solutions. in line with those advancements within the final twenty years, clinical and engineering computing has advanced to a key know-how which performs an incredible position in picking out, or no less than shaping, destiny learn and improvement actions in lots of branches of undefined. improvement paintings has been occurring around the world leading to numerical tools which are now on hand for simulations that weren't foreseeable a few years in the past. even though, nowadays the supply of supercomputers with Teraflop perfor­ mance helps large computations with technical relevance. a brand new age of engineering has started.

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