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Supercomputer: Quiz


Question 1: Today, supercomputers are typically one-of-a-kind custom designs produced by "traditional" companies such as ________, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, who had purchased many of the 1980s companies to gain their experience.
Cray-2Cray CX1Cray-1Cray

Question 2: Another distributed computing project is the ________ platform, which hosts a number of distributed computing projects.
SETI@homeRosetta@homeBerkeley Open Infrastructure for Network ComputingGridRepublic

Question 3: A supercomputer is a ________ that is at the frontline of current processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation.
Personal computerLinuxCentral processing unitComputer

Question 4: This trend would have continued with the ________ were it not for the initial instruction set compatibility between the Cray-1 and the Cray X-MP, and the adoption of computer system's such as Cray's Unicos, or Linux.
ETA SystemsSupercomputerEOS (operating system)ETA10

Question 5: Several utilities that would once have cost several thousands of dollars are now completely free thanks to the open source community that often creates ________.
TypewriterDisruptive technologyCalculatorPersonal computer

Question 6: ________ techniques were first developed for supercomputers and continue to be used in specialist high-performance applications.
SuperscalarSIMDMultithreadingVector processor

Question 7: Supercomputers were introduced in the 1960s and were designed primarily by Seymour Cray at ________ (CDC), which led the market into the 1970s until Cray left to form his own company, Cray Research.
CDC 6600Cray-1UNIVACControl Data Corporation

Question 8: The fastest cluster, ________, reported over 7.8 petaflops of processing power as of December 2009.

Question 9: An easy programming language for supercomputers remains an open research topic in ________.
Computer scienceSoftware engineeringProgramming paradigmComputer programming

Question 10: D. E. Shaw Research Anton, for simulating ________ [3]
Molecular dynamicsMolecular mechanicsMolecular modellingForce field (chemistry)

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