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The Era of Smart Cities with Supercomputers
As inter-connectivity in the world becomes mainstream by the day, smart cities, due to their countless benefits, are setting new standards of living in the future by maximizing efficiency, sustainability, and improving living conditions for citizens inhabiting them. City planners can now make data-driven decisions with the help of sensors monitoring parameters such as air quality instead of relying on estimates or guesses. Even though drawing insights from big data requires significant computing power, supercomputers make a mark in the marketplace by helping governments and private enterprises involved in city management cut through the noise and make necessary decisions to improve the functioning of the city.
As new structures emerge amid tight spaces, the physical landscapes of cities are in constant flux. City planners must make accurate decisions during the design and planning stage to make the best use of limited space, and with a supercomputer, planners have a new tool with which they can visualize buildings before construction begins—three-dimensional simulations instead of relying on the two-dimensional blueprints, hence leading to smarter design and planning. Supercomputers also help in weather forecasting, enabling the smart cities to forecast extreme weather and predict natural disasters. Hence, they have wide-ranging implications, from day-to-day living to agriculture and emergency response.
Supercomputers are set to transform the future of urban mobility as they can optimize the use of multiple modes of transportation by providing augmenting transportation. They are also empowering energy research for figuring out the best alternative sources of electrical power. Supercomputers can also be used for monitoring air pollution in the smart city by running simulations and building computer models that include data on the various natural and man-made sources of air pollution.