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1.3 How Significant is the Role of Algorithm and Computer Technology Developments?     continued...

Thus we can now address some of the outstanding issues, to which conventional approaches have proven inadequate, and we can formulate and investigate new questions which would not even be asked in the absence of our current and expected future computational tools and methods. Computational Science has moved to the leading edge of science and engineering, and it is likely to remain there for a long time to come. As its supporting computing and communications technologies pervade our society, computational science will increasingly be put to many uses, ranging from entertaining videogames running on VLSI chips to novel medical imaging equipment.