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Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers


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Not known for taking the demure route, researchers at DARPA this week announced a program aimed at building computers that exceed current peta-scale computers to achieve the mind-altering speed of one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second.

Dubbed extreme-scale computing, such machines are needed DARPA says to "meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher energy efficiency, ease of programmability, system dependability and security."

DARPA says its Omnipresent High Performance Computing (OHPC) systems will involve all manner of new research and development. Specifically the outfit is looking for...

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