Back in 2010 the world changed when the U.S. lost its place at the top of the Supercomputer world to China. But it turns out that wasn’t a permanent change. There’s a new Supercomputer giant born every year – and sometimes six months. Last year it was Japan’s turn to take over the top spot with its K computer with more than 705,000 processing cores. Ah, but that was so last year. Latest news from the world of supercomputing says that Big Blue is back on top. Topping the Supercomputer list is IBM’s Sequoia which has 1.57 million processing cores and able to perform 16.32 petaflops. So you’ve been slacking off and not keeping up with your flops – which are not that kind of flops. A petaflop is the ability of a computer to perform a quadrillion floating point calculations per second. Such a calculation took three days in 1993.
While all eyes are on Tablet computers, it seems there’s quite a bit of competition at the Supercomputer end of things. All the world’s powers want to make it to the top of the list. Currently, Europe has more Supercomputers in the top 10 than any other continent – too bad they weren’t using these to count money. Here in the U.S. the Sequoia won’t be counting money either. It will be used to simulate nuclear weapons testing. But in the future Supercomputers could be doing much more. In about a dozen years Supercomputers may be predicting the weather – accurately, two weeks at a time. Shortly after that a Supercomputer could be simulating billions and billions of human brains. Hello Matrix world. Of course, no one is saying how much the Sequoia Supercomputer costs, but a Toyota Sequoia can be had for about $50,000 – it comes in 5-speed or 6-speed.