World's fastest computer simulates earth

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  1. macrumors 68030


    A Japanese supercomputer that studies the climate and other aspects of the Earth maintained its ranking as the world's fastest computer, according to a study released Friday.

    The Earth Simulator in Yokohama, Japan, performs 35.86 trillion calculations per second -- more than 4 1/2 times greater than the next-fastest machine.

    Earth Simulator, which was built by NEC earlier this year and run by the Japanese government, first appeared on the list in June. It was the first time a supercomputer outside the United States topped the list.

    Two new machines, called "ASCI Q," debuted in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The computers, which each can run 7.73 trillion calculations per second, were built by Hewlett-Packard Co. for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

    Clusters of personal computers rank

    For the first time, high-performance machines built by clustering personal computers appeared in the top 10.

    A system built by Linux NetworX and Quadrics for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ranked No. 5. A system built by High Performance Technologies Inc. for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Forecast Systems Laboratory was No. 8.

    Hewlett-Packard Co. led with 137 systems on the list, followed by International Business Machines Corp. with 131 systems. No. 3 Sun Microsystems Inc. built 88 of the top 500 systems.

    The Top 500 list, which has been released twice annually since 1993, is compiled by researchers at University of Mannheim, Germany; the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in Berkeley and the University of Tennessee.
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    All I can say to 35.86 trillion calculations per second is....

    ... WOW! & ...
    ...I WANT ONE! ;)
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    Mr. Anderson

    Douglas Adams had it all figured out a long time ago - 42!

    Deep Thought was first, but then the Earth was built to find the Question to the Answer of the Meaning of Life....

    Cool computer, though.

  4. macrumors regular

    Course, it gets a little wierd when you think that those computers are just part of the big computer...and that something bad will happen if we find the answer.
  5. macrumors regular

    You guys watch and read too much scifi! But this is really really cool, just think of the possibilities.
    And why doesnt Apple build their own supercomputer?
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    Mr. Anderson

    You don't think somewhere in Apple they have something this big or bigger? I don't know what they'd be doing with it, but I'm sure they tested it out.


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