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Cloud Computing: Link to Supercomputers

by DCirrus

Posted On 22 March 2019
Supercomputers are defined as systems that are integrated with superior processing prowess, capable of operating on a complex and overwhelming amount of data sets within a negligible period of time. As futuristic as they might sound, supercomputers are a reality and are being used extensively in the current age by major technological organizations.

Making the concepts of supercomputers, a reality is majorly credited to the field of cloud computing which serves multiple purposes to ensure the optimal functioning of such computers. For anyone who is eager to know cloud computing s contribution to the development of supercomputers, the following article will guide you to know the same.

Contributions to Supercomputers.

The field of cloud computing has aided the development of supercomputers in the following ways:-
1. Increased Storage Space
Supercomputers are supposed to process and operate on a massive data pool which is not a common feat for computer systems. To make the same highlight feasible, supercomputers demand a significant area for physical storage devices through which they can read and manage the data. In earlier times, storage devices were incredibly expensive and not as efficient. Despite the development of storage devices, it would still occupy a noticeable area of real estate in today s era. Cloud computing has allowed these supercomputers to be connected to remote servers that they can utilize as storage rooms to manage all the data. This allows for better space management both physical and digital while opening the space to other utilities. 

2. Additional Processing Resources
A single processor, at least at the moment, cannot support an entire supercomputer system. Therefore, there is a need for multiple processors working in tandem. One of the methods to construct a supercomputer is a distributed system. The distributed system can be classified as an ancestor to today s supercomputers. The distributed system is a network of remotely located computer machines that are in constant communication with each other owing to the cloud computing framework. Cloud computing allows supercomputers with additional processing resources if there is ever a need for the same. This allows supercomputers to never run into a deadlock state whenever subjected to massive data pools.

3. Efficient Communication 
With the cloud computing framework, the involved resources within the supercomputer are in constant communication without being located nearby to each other. The concept of a distributed supercomputer system isn t too far off in the future, and it will allow us to develop powerful and efficient applications to make the world a more convenient place to live in. Cloud computing enables the optimal usage of the provided physical area. Added to that, with cloud computing, supercomputers can seamlessly transfer data from one processor to another in negligible duration of time.

4. Easy Updation
Without cloud computing, updating a supercomputer would involve manual labor for each of the processing segment of the system. With the cloud framework, you only need to update the system once, and the same will be transferred to each segment of the supercomputer system. This results in the increased overall efficiency of the entire system and also enables all the segments of the supercomputer to be in perfect synchronization.


Supercomputers are currently in a state of constant development and are demonstrating impressive signs of scalability and future potential. The field of cloud computing acts as a catalyst for the development of supercomputers. Added to that, accounting for the ever-increasing implementations of cloud computing, the role of cloud computing in the development of supercomputers is bound to grow in significance.