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Supercomputing Santa’s Intractable Task

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Over at the Adaptive Computing Blog, Trev Harmon takes a computational look at the Santa mythology and how a parallel machine would go about servicing the estimated 1,333,316,210 households on Planet Earth.

santa chart

Clearly, if Santa is using a supercomputer to calculate his course, it’s well beyond our current capacity. I also strongly suspect if he were using the same technology as us, our satellites would notice the oasis at the North Pole caused by the heat dissipation.

Trev really gets into it, so those of you who want to do the math should Read the Full Story.

For those of you chilling on this Holiday, Popular Science brings us this CFD Simulation of a new, improved Santa’s Sleigh.

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