A supercomputer is a network of computers that together have a superior level of performance. Though this performance can be across a variety of areas, supercomputers are able to accomplish tasks that humans and normal technology cannot. Supercomputers are made up of many computers that use "parallel computing." This is a fancy way of saying that the computers all do different work at the same time, enabling the whole system to do more in less time. For institutions that use supercomputers, this means exponentially speeding up a process or being able to handle overwhelming amounts of data. Supercomputers are used in nearly every industry, and have helped make important strides in genetics, climate modeling, and quantum mechanics, among others.