ASCI White

The world's largest super-computer, housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Specs?

  • Name: ASCI White
  • Built by: IBM over a period of 5 years for the Department of Energy
  • Price: for $110 million.
  • Power: 1,000 times more powerful than IBM's Deep Blue; capable of roughly 12.3 trillion calculations per second
  • CPU: Made of off-the shelf IBM Power3 processors (well, 8,192 of them altogether)
  • RAM: 16 terabytes
  • Disk space: 160 terabytes
  • Power requirements: 3 megawatts of electricity (would light up 3,000 homes)

Is this today's ENIAC? I think so-- it fills a room just like the ENIAC did, consumes massive amounts of power, etc. But before long this kind of power will be in our homes. That's what I love about technology. If you can't afford it today, maybe you can tomorrow.

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