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.

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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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