Yuko Mizuno

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 25 — The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Japan's National Supercomputer Project

Computer Chronicles Revisited, Part 25 — The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Japan's National Supercomputer Project

You often hear people describe modern smartphones as a “supercomputer in your pocket.” There’s definitely some truth to that, especially when you compare today’s phones with the supercomputers of 40 years ago. In the mid-1980s, supercomputer manufacturers were still struggling with concepts like parallel processing, i.e., breaking down a program into smaller tasks that could run simultaneously on multiple microprocessors. Today, in contrast, multi-core, multi-threaded CPU cores are the norm on just about every personal computing device.