Getting up to speed with the benefits of supercomputing

National Research Foundation president George Loh with master's students Xu Ping (centre), 23, and Ma Teng, 24, who were part of the Tsinghua University team that won the competition.
National Research Foundation director of programmes George Loh with master's students Xu Ping (centre), 23, and Ma Teng, 24, who were part of the Tsinghua University team that won the competition.PHOTO: NATIONAL SUPERCOMPUTING CENTRE SINGAPORE

Supercomputing is not just an "ivory tower exercise" but has practical benefits for humanity, said National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) chief executive Tan Tin Wee.

For example, supercomputers are being used for everything from weather forecasting to simulating the effects of new drugs, various reports show.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2018, with the headline 'Getting up to speed with the benefits of supercomputing'. Print Edition | Subscribe