So no doubt many of you have already read the reports on /. etc. But
... this weekend Japan unleashed a new super computer which is 5 times as
fast as the previous world's fastest. Costing a mere $400m and five years
research, clocked at 35.6 TeraFlops (35,600 GigaFlops where 1 GF = 1 billion
seperate mathematical calculations per second) and housed in a special
building, it being the size of four tennis courts. It is faster than the top
20 American supercomputers... combined. It's used as an earth simulater,
predicting vectors and earthquakes and ocean movement...that sort of thing.
It consists of 5104 processors. The second in line is the ASCI White Pacific
which is a mere 7,424 GF. Its a NEC btw. A search on google for "japan world
fastest computer" will yield a miriad of related news articles.
Imagine trying to play Xlander on that ...
p.s. in other news Layne Staley is unfortunetly no more (RIP) and there have
been as yet unconfirmed reports of MegaDeath having split owing to Dave
Mustane injuring his hand perminantly...
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