Friday, August 28, 2009

I Know This Is Sensationalist

And after all, it is the Daily Mail, but it is funny.
The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.
The massive machine - the UK's most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory - was installed in the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, Devon.
It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run - enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

Count on the Daily Mail to make the story concrete to its readers:
It is the second time the Met Office has been criticised this year - after the machine famously helped predict a "BBQ summer" which turned out to be another wash-out.

Fortunately there is a computer performance benchmarking organization effectively rolling out benchmarks to help deal with power consumption.


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