'Speed demon' of a supercomputer unveiled

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists unveiled the Roadrunner, the world’s fastest supercomputer Monday, a $100-million machine that for the first time has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise.
To put its speed in perspective, if every one of the six billion people on Earth used a hand-held computer and worked 24 hours a day it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can do in a single day. Or, it has roughly the computing power of 100,000 of today’s most powerful laptops stacked 2.5 kilometres high.
The technology breakthrough was accomplished by engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and IBM Corp. on a computer to be used primarily on nuclear weapons work, including simulating nuclear explosions.
The Roadrunner is twice as fast as IBM’s Blue Gene system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which itself is three times faster than any of the world’s other supercomputers, according to IBM.
"The computer is a speed demon. It will allow us to solve tremendous problems," said Thomas D’Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons research.

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So it would be okay running Vista?
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

So it would be okay running Vista?

No, you'd just have a fatal blue screen error of Quantum Proportions that no amount of Ctrl+Alt+Del by all the nerd hacks in the world could fix, and thus..... they'd have to scrap the computer imediately, wasting millions of dollars, before the entire system ripped the fabric of time and space, where all of the universe and everything we know will be sucked into oblivion....

Afterall, Vista stands for:

"An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects; a broad mental view: "the deep and sweeping vistas these pioneering critics opened up" Arthur C. Danto."

Installing Vista on this super computer risks opening up the window of DOOM!

That's Bill Gate's Plan People!!!

*Runs to his cave*

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