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June 10, 2008updated 19 Aug 2016 10:07am

Would the baddest Roadrunner please step forward

The news today is that an IBM supercomputer called Roadrunner is now the fastest in the world. It is capable of sustaining 1,000 trillion operations per second, which is a lot.The computer will be used to help maintain the US’ nuclear weapons

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The news today is that an IBM supercomputer called

Roadrunner is now the fastest in the world.

It is capable of sustaining 1,000 trillion operations

per second, which is a lot.

The computer will be used to help maintain the US’

nuclear weapons stockpile. Energy Secretary Samuel

Bodman said the new computer will also be used to help

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vote for your fastest Roadrunner…

Roadrunner No 1: IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer.

Good for: number crunching. Bad for: avoiding Wil E Coyote.

CBR Roadrunner score: 8/10.

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Pic source: IBM.

Roadrunner No 2: Warner Brothers’ Road Runner.

Good for: evading Wil E Coyote. Bad for: number crunching.

CBR Roadrunner score: 9/10.

goodman03_RoadRunner.jpg

Pic source: (C) Warner Brothers

Roadrunner No 3: Roadrunner JS-301 ($1,995).

Good for: getting around. Bad for: number crunching, avoiding Wil E Coyote.

CBR Roadrunner score: 3/10.

RoadRunner-scooter.jpg

Pic credit: Joy Ride New Zealand.

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