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Supercomputers will accelerate medical advancements and will lead to an increased life expectancy of over 10 years, scientists at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland’s leading supercomputing organisation.
The difference between a standard computer and a supercomputer is that the former operates on million instructions per second (MIPS) while a supercomputer runs on floating-point operations per second (FLOPS).
In layman’s terms, supercomputers have a much faster processor and can run more complex tasks – for example they are currently being used for nuclear research.
The supercomputers are capable of doing a lot more research and Prof Jean-Christophe Desplat, director of ICHEC says that it will lead to a prolonged lifespan for humans.