World's Fastest Supercomputer Is World's Largest, Tackiest Case Mod Too

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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.

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Then it surpassed IBM's 1.04 petaflop/s supercomputer, achieving its 1.74 quadrillion floating points operation according to the Top500 Linpack benchmark. I mean, it was probably some extra CPUs coming online, but I'm pretty sure the main reason for the boost was that drawing.

Roadrunner took a dip from June's 2009 test, which gave it 1.105 petaflops. That's probably Wile E. Coyote's fault. My recommendation to IBM: Paint flames on it to win the #1 spot back.

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This is the current top ten:

1. Jaguar, Cray, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (1.75 petaflop/s)
2. Roadrunner, IBM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA (1.04 petaflop/s)
3. Kraken XT5, Cray, National Institute for Computational Sciences, USA (832 teraflop/s)
4. JUGENE, IBM, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany (825.5 teraflop/s)
5. Tianhe-1, NUDT, National SuperComputer Center, Tianjin, China (563.1 teraflop/s)
6. Pleiades, SGI, NASA Ames Research Center, USA (544.3 teraflop/s)
7. BlueGeneL, IBM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA (478.2 teraflop/s)
8. BlueGene/P, IBM, Argonne National Laboratory, USA (458.61 teraflop/s)
9. Ranger, Sun, Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA (433.20 teraflop/s)
10. Red Sky, Sun, Sandia National Laboratories, USA (423.9 teraflop/s)

[Top500 Supercomputers via Cnet]

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DISCUSSION

" 1.74 quadrillion floating points operation" <——- My response, "Holy shit!"

Following Moore's law, can you imagine in 50 years when personal computers will have that computing power. At such computing power will all PC's be identical having capped the markets need for computing? What would an individual need with such computing power? #jaguar