This is a supercomputer. Most supercomputers are really a bunch of computers that are hooked together. That makes them a lot more powerful.
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What is a Supercomputer?
Some science problems are so complicated that you need SUPERCOMPUTING power to tackle them! Just what is a supercomputer?
A supercomputer is a computer that is one of the fastest or most powerful computers out there. As of this writing (late 2007) the fastest supercomputers operate on the order of more than 200 teraflops (that's computer lingo for trillions of operations per second!).
Supercomputers are used to tackle problems that are very complicated! Here's some examples:
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