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Last modified Aug 29, 2005
Supercomputer History
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.

Place Operation Speed
250 2 TFLOPS
500 1 TFLOP

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.