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Computer Science: Microprocessors Deliver Teraflops

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 598
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.598


San Diego—The world's fastest computer is being put together with truckloads of the same microprocessors that power high-end PCs. By linking more than 9000 Pentium Pro processors, Intel is building a parallel computer that will top out at 1.8 trillion operations per second, 10 times the speed of any existing machine. To be installed by the end of the year at Sandia National Laboratory, the behemoth will serve the nuclear weapons program by simulating how weapons age and malfunction, but it will also act as a test bed for new techniques in parallel computation. Computers/Math