The world’s fastest supercomputer

For the longest time, Blue Gene/L was the world’s fastest super computer. Now researchers at IBM, using chips originally designed for the PlayStation 3, have built Roadrunner.

Roadrunner’s statistics are staggering. For example, if every single last one of the 6 billion people on Earth performed a mathematical calculation, every second, 24 hours a day for the next 46 years, they would do what Roadrunner can do in one day. Or to put it another way, the world’s first supercomputer, the Cray 1 built in the mid-1970s, would take 1,500 years to finish a calculation that Roadrunner can perform in just two hours.

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