This fun infographic from Peer1 looks at the history of supercomputing giong all the way back to the 1943 Colossus codebreaking system.
Did you know the origins of the first supercomputer date back to the 1940s? It involved the use of analog machine movements, electronically operated switches, and vacuum tubes. Not pretty, but revolutionary for its time. Now, seven decades later, processors have moved from thousands of operations per second to quadrillions of floating point operations per seconds. In 2011, we have the K Computer out of Kobe, Japan – currently the fastest supercomputer in the world with 8.2 petaflops of processing power. This beast of a machine is followed by the Tianhe-1A (2.6 petaflops) out of Tianjin, China and the Jaguar (1.76 petaflops) out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. By 2018, supercomputers are expected to have the ability to process information on a level similar to the human brain. And that’s not all. Between 2025 and 2045, supercomputers are expected to develop self awareness.
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