# The World's First Petaflop SuperComputer

1. Jul 30, 2006

### neutrino

The honours go to Japan in creating it. Although it is not officially the world's fastest supercomputer, it may well be when the list of the fastest 500 comes out next time.

EDIT: This should be probably be in the Technology section, so feel free to shift it there if any of the mentors feel so.

2. Jul 30, 2006

### Chi Meson

So, my donations to peta weren't such a waste then?

3. Jul 30, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I don't know, sounds like quite a flop to me.

4. Jan 17, 2009

### Jamesnns

1) And I THOUGHT I was saving the whales.
2) We can now find the largest Prime number.
3) 3.14159???? (come on, you KNEW it was coming.)

4)1st post...what fun.

5. Jan 17, 2009

### LowlyPion

Which one is it?

6. Jan 18, 2009

### turbo

Is there one Largest Prime? Wouldn't we have to construct a computer more complex than the Universe to even stand a chance of locating that?????

7. Jan 18, 2009

### Phrak

The link you supplied didn't work well. Wiki supplies a value of 4.1 PFLOPS as some sort of current record.

8. Jan 18, 2009

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Mathematicians found that last week under a '56 Buick parked between 2nd and Main.

9. Jan 18, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

You have noticed that you comment on over two years old post, didn't you?

10. Jan 18, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

Does this mean they can send one quadrillion credit card applications to my goldfish every second now?

11. Jan 18, 2009

### Jamesnns

I dont know, twas a joke.(prime nimber)
And yea, I knew it was a two year old, so what. IBM just announed new Petaflop comp, caught my interest.

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12. Jan 18, 2009

### Jamesnns

Great humour!

13. Jan 18, 2009

### Jamesnns

Doesn't sparky, your trusted pet dog,sand perhaps yout cat too get "pre-approved" apps. in the mail?

14. Jan 18, 2009

### Dr Lots-o'watts

Is it a desktop or a laptop?

15. Jan 18, 2009

### LowlyPion

No they can just estimate it and round to the nearest hundred thousand.

16. Jan 18, 2009

### Jamesnns

I think they're using a standard PDA.
I know I am.

17. Jan 18, 2009

### Phrak

I'm not sure I want a faster computer. Much faster and it would crash faster than it boots.

The size scales are interesting. Light travels .008 inches in a pico second. (1 pico = 1/tera). What are the feature sizes of transistors in todays supercomputers?

18. Jan 18, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

I remember when a teraflop was the big thing. One Teraflop is a trillion floating-point operations per second, so a petaflop would be a thousand trillion.

Here is the latest, or was. Only costs $133 million. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/technology/09petaflops.html 19. Jan 18, 2009 ### LowlyPion Consider a non-Microsoft Operating system then. 20. Jan 18, 2009 ### LowlyPion My first IBM PC was 16kb memory and ran at about 5 mhz. I had to shell out$2000 for it. I added extra chips myself to get it up to 64kb to save a few hundred bucks. That was k in kilo-bytes - not a typo.

Moore's Law has been running riot ever sense.