Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Supercomputers - are You up to date?
I was blissfully unaware of Supercomputers until I read this article. Of course, I always wondered, but I was never really aware of them. Apparently, most countries have them - even New Zealand, but their units are very slow, at between 26.4 and 31.527 teraflops, compared to others! What is a teraflop?
I was blissfully unaware of a 'teraflop', and the somewhat (10 times) faster 'petaflop', until this morning. These weird names describe the speed of a Supercomputer. Beats my little Acer Laptop.
I was also blissfully unaware of the fact that a Supercomputer could calculate in one second, what it would take a PC over 10 hours to achieve - (not with me driving)! Or, in one day, what it would take over 100 years for a PC to calculate! Of course, that does not allow for some coffee breaks, nor does it allow for interruptions to one's USB Stick connection.
But don't worry, there are alternatives to a Supercomputer - lots of people with lots of computers.