World's Fastest Computer Gets an Upgrade, Breaks Its Own Record2011.11.08 09:47 by Daniela
RIKEN and Fujitsu announced that their "K computer" has passed the LINPACK performance test, as the world's fastest computer, achieved performance as high as 10PFLOPS. That thoroughly crushes the old record of 8.162 petaflops. The speed was achieved by a total of 88 128 processors.
According to Fujitsu the letter "K," the name of the computer, "comes from the Japanese Kanji letter 'Kei' which means ten peta or 10 to the 16th power", or quadrillions of calculations per second. A "FLOP" is the number of floating-point operations per second; in layman's terms, it's the number of instructions the computer can process in a single second. Now that K reached10 petaflops, it holds true to its name.
President of RIKEN, Ryoji Noyori, said:
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