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    "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 and maintains the warhead stockpile.

    But officials said the computer also could have a wide range of other applications in civilian engineering, medicine and science, from developing biofuels and designing more fuel-efficient cars to finding drug therapies and providing services to the financial industry.

    "To put the computer's speed in perspective, if every one of the 6 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 computer can do in a single day."


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    " Turek said the computer in a two-hour test on May 25 achieved a "petaflop" speed of sustained performance, something no other computer had ever done. It did so again in several real applications involving classified nuclear weapons work this past weekend.

    "This is a huge and remarkable achievement," said Turek in a conference call with reporters.

    A "flop" is an acronym meaning floating-point-operations per second.

    One petaflop is 1,000 trillion operations per second. Only two years ago, there were no actual applications where a computer achieved 100 teraflops -- a tenth of Roadrunner's speed -- said Turek, noting that the tenfold advancement came over a relatively short time."

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    I'm sure 15 years from now my phone will beat this thing, but for now - I'd advice the Terminator: Salvation guys to hurry up with the release of the movie, or we'll just experience it sooner in reality.


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    So, humans are becoming obsolete...no big deal!

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    When is the government going to stop using the "X-number of people with calculators would take X-number of hours" comparison?

    They' ve been using that one since UNIVAC.

    Besides, it's probably running on Windows Vista so it will slow down pretty soon anyway.
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    One step closer to Skynet taking over...

    Fuck man, am I the only one who paid attention to Terminator?

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    Haha for what I know, the Terminator: Salvation guys better hurry up with the release of the movie, or we might just see it first hand before it

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    "To put the computer's speed in perspective, if every one of the 6 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 computer can do in a single day."
    But will it run "Crysis" at full resolution?
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    Someone's probably already installed "Doom" on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Someone's probably already installed "Doom" on it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post

    "To put the computer's speed in perspective, if every one of the 6 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 computer can do in a single day."
    DAMN!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    When is the government going to stop using the "X-number of people with calculators would take X-number of hours" comparison?

    They' ve been using that one since UNIVAC.

    Besides, it's probably running on Windows Vista so it will slow down pretty soon anyway.
    If it was running on Vista it wouldn't have a fucking chance. That is the slowest piece of shit OS on the market. Why the fuck MS put it out is beyond me. XP works just fine thank you. If it's not broke, why try to fix it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRocks View Post
    If it was running on Vista it wouldn't have a fucking chance. That is the slowest piece of shit OS on the market. Why the fuck MS put it out is beyond me. XP works just fine thank you. If it's not broke, why try to fix it?

    Funny, Vista is no better or worse than XP now that it agrees with iTunes on my Dell. Fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post

    "To put the computer's speed in perspective, if every one of the 6 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 computer can do in a single day."

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