NASA’s super smart computer is now 14% smarter

John Moe Jun 22, 2012

Alternate headline: “Smart thing gets smarter, says smart people”

NASA’s supercomputer Pleiades might not have the title of world’s fastest, that was recently bestowed to a machine in California, but it is pretty dang smart. That goes a lot further anyway, says your humble editor who never was much good in foot races.

AND it just got 14% smarter. NASA bragged about it in a press release: “An expansion completed earlier this month has increased Pleiades’ sustained performance rate by 14 percent to 1.24 petaflops — or a quadrillion calculations per second. To put this enormous number into perspective, if everyone in the world did one calculation per second for eight hours a day, it would take about 370 days to complete what this supercomputer can calculate in 60 seconds.”

Yep. Smart! Pleiades is used to calculate data from the Kepler spacecraft and presumably to figure out what to do with all these Space Shuttles that are just sitting around.  

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.