63 years = 340 million times faster.
Computer advancements in size and speed since WW2
1946, ENIAC, A machine built by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert that improved by 1,000 times on the speed of its contemporaries.
Start of project: 1943
Programmed: plug board and switches
Speed: 5,000 operations per second
Input/output: cards, lights, switches, plugs
Floor space: 1,000 square feet
Project leaders: John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert.
Dates operational 2008
Final completion 2009
Sponsors IBM, United States
Operators National Nuclear Security Administration, United States
Location Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States
Architecture 12,960 IBM PowerXCell 8i CPUs, 6,480 AMD Opteron dual-core processors, Infiniband, Linux
Power 2.35 MW
Space 296 racks, 560 m2 (6,000 sq ft)
Memory 103.6 TiB
Speed 1.71 petaflops* (theoretical peak)
Cost USD $125M
Ranking TOP500: 1, June 2008
Purpose Modeling the decay of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Legacy First TOP500 Linpack sustained 1.0 petaflops, May 25, 2008
*A petaflop is a measure of a computer's processing speed and can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second.