Fine, You Can Have It!: Japan Takes Back Honor Of 'World's Fastest Supercomputer'

June 20, 2011


Japan, pissed the title was stripped from them by the much larger China, has officially regained the honor of homing the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of almost 3x the calculations per second of China's previous record-holder. Me? I'm good for about one calculation every minute-and-a-half with a 50% chance of still f***ing it all up. I'm what you might call a notsosupercomputer.

K is built by the Japanese computer firm Fujitsu, based in Kobe's Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science. It is capable of making 8.2 quadrillion (a quadrillion is 1 followed by 15 zeroes) calculations per second - or, in computer jargon, 8.2 petaflops.

The previous fastest machine was the Chinese computer Tianhe-1A, which was clocked at 2.507 petaflops.

K's performance is equivalent to one million linked desktop computers, according to Prof Dongarra, or more than its five closest competitors combined. It consists of 672 cabinets stuffed with circuit-boards, and its creators plan to increase that to 800 in the coming months. It uses enough energy to power nearly 10,000 homes and costs $10 million (£6.2 million) annually to run.

Damn that's a lot of electricity! How the hell do you even run that much power into one room? No seriously, I'm asking. I want to grow like, a ton of weed at once.

Japanese supercomputer 'K' is world's fastest [telegraph]

Thanks to Pogs, who I'm not ashamed to admit I played with in my youth.

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