posted on Jun, 5 2013 @ 09:50 PM
Just for reference today a new i7 intel processor tops out at around - 70-80 gigaflops
A top of the line graphics card 7970 : 4 terraflops
At home you could today have 16 terraflops with a quad 7970. All for about $3k. You can match the fastest supercomputer from 2002 with 2 of these
10$k computer in 2013 = 600 million dollar computer from 2002 (NES earth simulator)
Top of line supercomputer in 2009 = 1 petaflop
Today- 1 7970 - 4 terraflop
1000 terraflop = 1 petaflop
250x7970 = 1 petaflop
250 x 400$ = $100,000
This cost 120$ million in 2009!
India plans a exaflop computer close to 2017-18.
So what can you do with 50 petaflops-
Advanced molecular simulation - protein folding, nuclear
Weather simulation where we could predict stuff weeks before we see big systems
Look for life beyond the solar system using radio waves