IBM Supercomputer Reaches Quadrillion Calculations Per Second

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    This machine is twice as fast as the second fastest supercomputer, also an IBM design. Roadrunner will be used at Los Alamos to, among other activities, simulate thermonuclear explosions, i.e., nuclear weapons testing without the nasty aftertaste. The machine has many applications including weather forecasting, climate modeling, drug research, and number theory.

     
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    {nocks on window} Skynet? Hello? Collosus? HAL9000? Is that you in there?

    Pretty friggin sweet! The good old days when Computers were larger than a house.

    I wonder at how many vacuum tubes it would take...
     
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    How much is a quadrillion (1000 trillion)? If a quadrillion pennies were stacked they would reach 790 million miles, more than 300 million miles beyond the distance of the Sun to Jupiter. What is significant about Roadrunner's quadrillion operations per second (10^15 OPS)? There are about 10^15 synapses in the human brain. Each synapse operates at about 10 impulses per second, thereby yielding 10^16 synaptic operations per second. Roadrunner is close to the number of operations per second of which the human brain is capable. Though the brain accomplishes its OPS in a volume of .4 ft3, while IBM's hardware requires 21 truck loads to transport. But the read/writes are on the wall. I imagine Roadrunner plays a wicked game of chess. The question is: does Roadrunner imagine at all? It is only a matter of time. Brain limits
     
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    Are you a Transhumanist?

    That machine can do quite a few things that a human can't. Comparing the two is like comparing a Ford Mustang with a Catepillar Backhoe, different critters designed for different purposes.
     
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    Humans. at least so far, are not "designed." Computers are tools. Fundamentally the same as these:


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    I'd be much more impressed if Windows could stave off malware, personally.
     
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    I like the analogy! :clap2:
     
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    Uh huh ... 'til it becomes self-aware.:eusa_shifty:
     
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    Now that would be some interesting software.
     

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