Leap to Exascale Could Break Boundaries of Science

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A new feature story in the ASCR Discovery webzine looks at the benefits of building an Exascale supercomputer:

An exaflops is a quintillion, or 1018, flops – 1,000 times faster than a petaflops. Given that there are about 1 sextillion (1021) known stars, “An exascale computer could count every star in the universe in 20 minutes,” says Buddy Bland, project director at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Leadership Computing Facility.