The present generation of supercomputers has been using custombuilt processors which are very difficult to maintain. Now, if the
Accelerated Strate~c Computing
lnitiative, a US department of
energy-funded project is successful,
this may become a thing of the past.
The project envisages building a massive computer using high performance microprocessors of the kind used in personal computers. The machine will do 1.8 trillion mathematical operations in a second, an improvement of 10 times over existing machines. The basic processor used will be P6, the next generation processor after the Pentium.
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