Wednesday, June 22, 2005

America - Moore's Law Holding or Advancing?

Moore's law may indeed be speeding up, at least in regards to super computers.

A partially built supercomputer has kept its spot at the top of the list of most powerful machines on the planet.

The BlueGene/L machine currently under construction at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US was crowned top number-cruncher.

Its current processing peak of 136.8 teraflops will be doubled by time construction work is completed.

As a result, the organisation drawing up the list expect it to dominate the rankings for some time to come.

The Top 500 list is drawn up every six months and is a snapshot of the most powerful machines on Earth.

The speed at which computing power is growing coupled with advances in nanotechnology are proving exciting new avenues of discovery for scientists.

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