The Cray-1 was the fastest supercomputer in 1976. Today, even the iPad dwarfs its humble 133 megaflops and a fast PC can easily surpass 100 gigaflops. This Cray-1 replica houses two PCs, but it looks as good as the original:
This is Jaguar, the new King of the Petaputer Hill, running at 1.75 petaflops-per-second. The Cray XT5 supercomputer was behind IBM's Roadrunnner for more than a year, until some clever scientist decided to paint a running Jaguar all over it.
Seymour Cray's big super computer was crazy. It's signals between components had to be timed by trimming long cables up to 1/16th of an inch at a time by hand and was basically interwoven with a giant refrigeration system.
Cray, that maker of supercomputers from days of yore, has decided to jump into the biggest
computer contest, creating a machine it has given the prosaic name of "Baker." The company expects it to be the first computer to break the petaflop barrier. That is, unless IBM beats Cray to the punch with its…