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The speed of high performance computers is growing at an exponential rate. Within the next 7 years, the fast performing computers will reach exascale level, capable of processing a million trillion calculations per second. These computers will be powerful enough to simulate the human brain, predicts Professor Hans Werner Meuer,
co-founder of the Top500 list of supercomputer, who compiled the chart.
The data shows that supercomputers double in speed every 13.2 months. The technology trickles down into rapidly into consumer devices. The IPAD II, has as almost much computing power as the first supercomputer, but is a tiny fraction of the cost. And today’s notebook computers match the computing power of supercomputers produced in 1994.