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June 24, 2010

Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers

Michael Cooney

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.”

Full story at Networkworld.com