Friday Afternoon Geek Factoid

The Blue Gene/L supercomputer broke its own calculation record, reaching 280.6 teraflops (280.6 trillion calculations a second). Each person in the world with a handheld calculator would still take decades to do the same calculations Blue Gene is now able to do every second.


Problem is, the massive box does nothing but run tests on itself, and from where I sit, that’s one worthless computer.

Oh, and while we’re being geeky – Happy Birthday to Bill Gates, who turned 50 years old today.

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