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Supercomputers http://www.iuma.ulpgc.es/~nunez/clases-micros-para-com/mpc0809- trabajos/mpc0809JavierPerezMatosupercomputadores_ppt.pdf of the line. For a while now, every 11 years or so, the planet’s smartest and best-funded computer  scientists have managed to produce a supercomputer that’s 1,000 times faster than its  predecessor. In 1999, we reached teraflops-scale computing, or a trillion (10^12)  floating point operations per second . In 2008, Los Alamos’ Roadrunner  supercomputer reached Peta scale computing, or a quadrillion (10^15) floating point  operations per second. In a mind-blowingly  jargon-rich interview with HPC Wire , Sterling doesn’t just assert that Zeta-Scale (10^21 FLOPS) computing is impossible, he also makes it seem pretty  unlikely we’re going to reach the next milestone, Exa scale computing (10^18 FLOPS)  without ripping  apart our existing ways of building supercomputers, root and branch. 
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