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Author Topic: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace  (Read 3166 times)

dave.m

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Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« on: June 09, 2008, 11:23:39 AM »

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7443557.stm

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The IBM machine, codenamed Roadrunner, has been shown to run at "petaflop speeds", the equivalent of one thousand trillion calculations per second.

It will be installed at a US government laboratory later this year where it will monitor the US nuclear stockpile.

Makes you wonder how big their nuclear stockpile is!  ??? I would have thought it was easy enough to count a few hundred (or even thousand) missiles with just a bog-standard calculator.  :-\

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scottiesmum

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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 11:44:43 AM »

Perhaps it's time to get the inspectors in   !!!!!!!
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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008, 12:00:29 PM »

What on earth is a petaflop?
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dave.m

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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008, 01:10:11 PM »

What on earth is a petaflop?

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the equivalent of one thousand trillion calculations per second.

Not sure if that is an Imperial Second or a Metric Second but I think it is a touch faster than my Acer PC.

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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008, 01:16:42 PM »

Petaflop  :D

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scottiesmum

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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 03:53:55 PM »

 :lol:
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mr_chris

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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2008, 06:58:18 PM »

Peta- is like Mega- and Giga- but means 1 thousand trillion.

Flops are "FLoating-point OPerations per Second" - Floating point operations being mathematical calculations involving non-integer numbers.
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Re: Supercomputer sets petaflop pace
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2008, 08:44:06 PM »

hmm if i had that I might be able to run BattleField 2142  :thumbs:
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