The subject of mother computer is taken up in the management article series to show how innovative technology can prove its useful role in development of humanity as a whole. Today what is developed for military purposes or space technology will be useful to the common man in near future. Therefore the salient features of a super computer in this article.
An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long sought after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
The new machine is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the IBM BlueGene/L, which is based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The new $133 million supercomputer called Roadrunner in a reference to the state bird of new Mexico, was devised and built by engineers and scientist at IBM and Los Alamos National Laboratory, based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It will be used it solve classified military problems to ensure that the nations’ stockpile of nuclear weapons will continue to work correctly as they age. The Roadrunner will simulate the behavior of the weapons in the first fraction of a second during an explosion.
Before it is placed in a classified environment, it will also be used it explore scientific problems like climate change. The greater speed of the roadrunner will make it possible for scientists to test global climate models with higher accuracy.
To put the performance of the machine in perspective, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration said that if all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the roadrunner can in one day.
The machine is an unusual blend of chips used in consumer products and advanced parallel computing technologies. The lessons that computer scientist learn by making it calculate even faster are seen as essential to the future of both personal and mobile consumer computing.
The high performance computing goal, known as a peta-flop – one thousand trillion calculations per second – has long been viewed as crucial milestone by military, technical and scientific organizations in the US, as well as a growing group including Japan, China and the European Union. All view supercomputing technology as a symbol of national economic competitiveness.
Most powerful portable hurricane simulator made:
A team of scientist and students from the University of Florida, US has developed the world’s most powerful portable hurricane simulator, a giant machine capable of reproducing winds in excess of 193 kph and recreating rain. They have harnessed 2,800 horse power, a locomotive’s worth of power, to recreate a wind field large enough to envelop part of a single family home. For this they have strapped together eight industrial sized fans and rigged them up to four marine diesel engines so powerful that they hooked up to a 19,000 liter water tank just to keep the engines cooled. The simulator’s wind speed and even the size and volume of raindrops are closely monitored and controlled by computer. The simulator can be used to evaluate building systems or anything else that can find its way into the path of a hurricane.
From the super processing computers we come to a new generation super thin LCDs.
A new generation of super-thin, power-sipping displays is making its way to the market, stretching battery lives to new limits and perhaps one day posing a challenge to heavier, energy-gobbling LCDs.
New screens that glow on their own are taking on their clunkier liquid crystal display rivals which require powerful backlighting by producing sharper video images for smart phones, game consoles and portable media players.
But industry watchers say it will be years before a clear winner emerges with the clout to outdo LCDs. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and bi-stable technologies are the most likely challengers to LCDs.
An OLED screen uses as much as 40 percent less power than a comparable LCD and could be twice as thin because it does not need backlighting. These technologies are already being used in some smaller portable devices. Here again such inventive technologies are under implementation in TVs and other entertainment devices.
Our conclusion is innovative technologies preclude usefulness or entertainment to humanity.