An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
The new machine (Roadrunner) is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the I.B.M. BlueGene/L. Before it is placed in a classified environment, it will be used to explore scientific problems like climate change.
To put the performance of the machine in perspective… if all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can in one day.
What problem do you think we should use Roadrunner to solve?