The price of supercomputers has gone through the roof, with some estimates putting their prices at $1 billion or more.
A report from Gartner predicts the cost of supercomputer systems will reach $2.7 trillion by 2030.
The biggest of the new systems, the next generation of super computers, will cost more than $50 billion, while smaller super computers could be up to $15 billion.
“This is going to be a massive technology shift, as well as a massive economic shift,” said Michael Meeks, a senior analyst at Gartners.
The technology will have to scale from supercomputing to other fields such as data analytics and manufacturing.
There is a big shift to the way we work.
You’re going to have to think about how you do that, he said.
“It’s going to make a lot of things more efficient,” he said, referring to the shift from computers to other industries.
“What I’m most concerned about is, what are the implications of that?”
Meeks said some supercomputers might not be able to run certain algorithms, such as statistical modelling.
In addition, some supercomputer operators will need to upgrade their data centers to deal with the surge in computing power.
“We’re going from one supercomputer to the next one, which means you’re going through a bunch of switches,” he added.
But there are many reasons for concern.
The rise of superintelligence, which has led to supercomputable algorithms being used to solve complex problems, has been a big driver of the increase in costs.
The rise in supercomposite computing technology has created a massive opportunity for companies to profit from a rapidly expanding market.
But there have also been concerns about the impact of this on jobs, and the ability of governments to regulate and control it.
“I’m concerned about the implications on jobs and the jobs that are created,” Meeks said.
Some supercomputer operators have been forced to relocate because of a spike in computer use.
“You don’t know whether you’re working in a job centre, a supercomputer centre, or a cloud computing centre,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“In the supercomposition of computing, that’s going up in the sky, so it’s really difficult to predict the long-term impacts.”
“I have a concern about the level of automation that we’re going up,” he continued.
Meeks also said that supercommodity operators could be forced to take on a higher risk of cyber attacks because of the massive scale of the machines.
“There is going have to be some degree of cybersecurity that we’ve got to deal [with], but it’s not going to take that long,” he predicted.
“A lot of the infrastructure that we have now is designed to keep the computers running.
That’s going away, because they’re supercomputed.”