|Last modified Aug 29, 2005
|Current Operation Speed
Pentium 4 processors currently operate in the range of 2 - 3 GHz or GFLOPS. One TFLOP
is equivantent to approximaely 400 fast PCs.
First Computer to perform at 1 TFLOP
This reference states that in November of 1998 the first computer to perform at 1 sustained TFLOP in
operation was achieved. The cost of this system was around $80 million.
Top 500 super computers as of November 2004
The top 40 supercomputers are all in the hands of Government and university labs with the exception of IBM with the #8 spot.
History of Supercomputers With Photos
History of Teraflop Computers
This reference states that the first teraflop computer was built in 1997 at a cost of $100 million.
In 2003 a teraflop computer was on display at a trade show and was selling then
for under $1 million. Our xpac-zero card bring the price of 1 TFLOP operation speed under $1000.
Market for PCs
One billion total personal computer sales was reached in 2003, after 25 years. At $1000 each,
that would average $40 billion per year. The sales rate is growing, two billion sales will be reached in 2008.
Projecting the next one billion PC sales over the next 5 years would come to $200 billion per year.
The market for computing power is only just beginning. All 6 billion people
on earth could buy at least one new PC every 3 years. This means the market could still
increase by at least a factor of 10 over the 2005 rate.