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Supercomputers are the fastest and most expensive computer systems.

Actually, supercomputer specifications keep expanding as processing power increases. In addition, many "off-the-shelf" multiprocessor and parallel-processing systems sold today perform at yesterday's supercomputer speeds. Supercomputers are generally designed for special applications (e.g., predicting weather or modeling of nuclear weapons explosions). They are usually owned by governments, academic institutions, research groups, and companies with special analytical requirements such as Celera Genomics, which mapped the human genome.

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