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Supercomputers Exhibit

Continuous development of the supercomputer was made possible by technological breakthroughs such as the microprocessor and new concepts such as parallel processing and cluster computing.

History of supercomputing at Los Alamos

New missions and challenges—from gauging the reliability of nuclear weapons to revealing the structure of proteins and viruses—have created an endless demand for ever-faster, ever-more powerful computers. The answer has been continuous development of the supercomputer—made possible by technological breakthroughs such as the microprocessor and new concepts such as parallel processing and cluster computing.