World’s fastest computer unveiled
Aug 15, 2001 — A United States government laboratory unveiled the most powerful computer in the world, programmed to simulate the explosion of a nuclear bomb. ASCI White, a $110 million computer squeezed into enough refrigerator-sized units to fill a couple of basketball courts, was officially unveiled by scientists aiming to simulate nuclear tests the government has promised not to carry out for real. The beast, built by International Business Machines Corp (IBM) from off-the-shelf processors with a souped-up version of its commercial operating system, AIX weighs as much as 17 full-sized elephants, takes as much cooling as 765 homes, and can do in a second what a calculator would take 10 million years, IBM claimed.
From today, I am starting a new section for my blog, called – Toay in History and will try to bring in facts and figures on some major happenings for the particular day.