Supercomputer breaks speed record
Correspondents in Tokyo
APRIL 19, 2002
A JAPANESE supercomputer has logged the world's fastest computing speed, the Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre said.
The centre's parallel supercomputer "EarthSimulator", used mainly for analysis of environmental and weather phenomena, has logged 35.61 teraflops Is that a real measurement or is he having a lend of us? , the equivalent of making 35.61 trillion floating-point calculations per second, the centre said.
"The computer is capable of calculating roughly five times as fast as what was the world's fastest supercomputer, ASCI White system of the United States, which has logged 7.226 teraflops," said the centre, which is affiliated with Japan's Science and Technology Ministry.
The development of Earth Simulator was completed at the end of February, the centre said.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.
except Flops are more a measure of speed. it stands for FLoating point OPerationS. As I recall, a floating point number is a real-world number, a number with a decimal place. So If it can do 35.61 trillion flops, it can perform that amount of addition / subtraction calculations per second. So its like a dyno rating for your computer :) (mhz ratings mean nothing! )
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