Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For Calculations Taking less than 1 Trillionth of a second ONLY (WIRED)

Intel Shrinks Supercomputer Into the Palm 

of Your Hand

Intel's Technical Computing Group chief Raj Hazra
holds a 1 teraflop Knights Corner chip.
Back in the late 1990s, Justin Rattner got a special sense of satisfaction every time he drove by a nondescript Intel building in Beaverton, Oregon. Inside, researchers from Intel and Sandia National Labs were assembling the ASCI Red supercomputer, the first computer capable of doing one trillion calculations per second.
“When Chuck Yeager cracked the sound barrier or Armstrong landed on the moon, I wonder if they had the same feeling,” remembered Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, in a 2006 news release on ASCI Red’s shuttering.
Now Intel says that it can put the processing power of ASCI Red in the palm of your hand. Literally.

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