Exascale computing targets million fold increase in supercomputing

February 22nd, 2008

Sandia and Oak Ridge national laboratories have established the Institute for Advanced Architectures to work toward computers that are a million times faster than todays supercomputers.

“An exaflop is a thousand times faster than a petaflop, itself a thousand times faster than a teraflop. Teraflop computers —the first was developed 10 years ago at Sandia — currently are the state of the art. They do trillions of calculations a second. Exaflop computers would perform a million trillion calculations per second.” (link)

Initial funding of $7.4M is provided by congressional mandate from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.