Artifact Details

Title

Tracking the Teraflop

Catalog Number

102741372

Type

Moving Image

Date

1993-08

Credits

Bell, Gordon C.

Publisher

University Video Communications

Duration

00:58:52

Format

Betacam SP

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

From University Video Communications' catalog:

"The quest for the teraflops supercomputer to operate at a peak speed of 10 to the 12th floating-point operations per second is over a decade old. Between 1987 and 1992, improvement occurred by a factor of 133. A teraflop supercomputer ($30 million) could be reached in 1996 based on the following: fast, cheap CMOS microprocessors; entrepreneurial companies; scalable computers formed by interconnecting a thousand processor-memory pairs; system programmers, including compiler writers; application programmers and computational scientists who have discovered parallel applications; and federal funders. Bell advocates running parallel on existing workstations for the most cost-effective processing."

Category

Lecture

Series Title

University Video Communications: Distinguished Lectures

Credit

Gift of University Video Communications

Lot Number

X6636.2013