Everybody has petaflops envy these days [CARTOON]

Supercomputers keep getting faster and more ubiquitous; it won’t be long before your teen wants one

Father refusing to buy a new supercomputer for his teenaged daughter
Credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson

There seemed to be a flood of supercomputer-related stories this week. The biggest one was probably that the US has contracted for a couple of new supercomputers, with a goal of reaching a speed of 300 petaflops and taking back the title of world’s most powerful supercomputer from China. The more supercomputers I read about, the more I figure it’s only a matter of time before everybody has one and, if you’re like me and have a teenager at home, you know what that’ll mean...

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