I was reading this article https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/8-ways-sci-fi-imagines-data-storage-1903.html about different ways Sci-Fi has imagined data storage, and it occurred to me that this would be an interesting question to propose to HPC. Akin to how the print media mis-represents science, or how film glamorizes different aspects, what (do you think) are common misunderstandings or views that people have about HPC? For example, we can talk about a supercomputer generally:
Media: A supercomputer is an infinitely massive, and complex underground grid that goes on for miles with flashing lights and complicated command sequences
Reality: A supercomputer is an air conditioned server room that has a bunch of smaller servers in racks that are configured together with software that is installed just like any other software.
Misconception: I have to be a genius programmer to use a compute cluster.
Reality: I can get started with relatively little knowledge, maybe just a small tutorial with instructions to login, look around, and submit a task.
A good way to think about it is, if there were a movie made about HPC, what would a person’s expectations be, what would they see in the movie, and then what would they read on wikipedia (and be surprised).