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What makes a supercomputer so super?

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A special Happy Birthday shout out to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, which turns 30 years old on Wednesday. It's one of a handful of labs in the world that feature science's most powerful computers, and one of the ways its been celebrating this year is with a brand new machine called Comet. 

Bob Sinkovits, the director of scientific computing applications, joined the show to talk about the San Diego Supercomputer Center and what Comet is capable of.

If you'd like to hear the entire conversation click on the segment audio embedded at the top of the post.