Last Updated: May 18, 2021.
Scientists, technicians, and governments around the world are looking towards supercomputing to improve how things are currently done. High-performance computing isn’t just used to advance our knowledge in the fields of science and technology.
It is also used to expand what we can do entertainment-wise. But could supercomputing change infrastructure – and more importantly, how will it affect our day-to-day lives?
One of the main ways of monitoring the impact of supercomputing is to look at the financial predictions. The global high-performance computing industry is expected to reach $24.1 billion by 2027 according to research collected by Yahoo.
This represents a compound annual growth rate of around 20% between 2020 and 2027. Both the USA and China are estimated to grow at a similar rate, and supercomputing advances could be the benchmark that the world’s superpowers compare one another.
Once this competition properly begins, the industry could see impressive velocity.
Will Supercomputing Change Infrastructure?
Manufacturing in the US is already contemplating a future enhanced by supercomputers. To ease the burden of cost for using such technology to improve business, the US government through the Department of Energy is helping to subsidize.
Companies are invited to apply for $300,000 in funding from 2020 onwards up to twice a year, showing a commitment from the US government for new ways of conducting traditional business. 14 projects attained the funding in 2020 to push forwards supercomputing in the field of manufacturing.
Outside the US, the European Union has also committed to supercomputing in bioengineering, medicine, meteorology, and fighting climate change. A proposal submitted in September 2020 aimed to push for an $8 billion investment in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
The HQ for the project was launched in May 2021, three years after its establishment, and eight months after gaining autonomy to focus on supercomputing.
Supercomputing on a Local Level
Most people are probably uninterested in how supercomputing is going to change the manufacturing and development of solar panels or combine harvesters. What they are interested in is how supercomputing could change their own lives.
There have already been marked improvements in a variety of PC operating systems. We don’t have to look far to see how the elements of relying on high-performance computing are already in effect at a more local level.
In aviation, the Airbus A380 was designed with the help of supercomputing for its aerodynamic modeling. Despite being twice as large as the previous model, its noise levels didn’t increase.
In 2019, understanding that quantum computing would help make the use of supercomputers more efficient, Airbus searched for investment in the future of quantum computing in their industry.
Elsewhere, in vehicular manufacturing, the time taken for a new car to be developed has been slashed from 60 months to just 24. In real terms, this means that new vehicles can be made to better reflect more contemporary technology.
In online entertainment, as the options for playing online roulette at Betway show, for example, there are the traditional methods that include graphics and animation, and also methods that optimize the latest live streaming technology.
These Livestream options enable players to see and interact with dealers in real-time in front of them, which creates a more immersive experience befitting the high-tension aspect of casino gaming.
This live streaming requires a higher performance in comparison to the computing set-up than the processing power needed for traditional graphics and animation methods. Elsewhere, the live streaming platform Twitch saw its most productive month ever in January 2021 with 6,577,002 max viewers according to TwitchTracker, the aggregate metrics site.
Our phones already show us the weather in our local area and these results are usually fairly accurate. With more advanced supercomputing, wondering if we might need an umbrella could be a thing of the past as we’d receive such up-to-the-minute, precise weather advice.
Similarly, maps software such as Google Earth has also been improved through supercomputing. Something as simple as this has been achieved through years of trial and error and work conducted in supercomputing.
Supercomputers excelled at modeling scenarios of size in advance so that a plan of action could be created. Taking this, and using it to help improve efficiency and streamline services, is important. But it’s also important for people to understand how supercomputing has impacted their life in a tangible way.
This could be increased competition when it comes to buying a new car, entertainment options that harness new technology or simply seeing a more reliable weather forecast.