Living In The Future IX
A typical high-end gaming PC of 2010 could have entered the TOP500 list a couple of years ago. For example, ASCI Red, leader of the pack back in 2000 had an estimated peak performance of around 2380 GFLOPs which could be outperformed today by a smaller LAN-party in somebody’s living room:
The ATI Radeon HD5970 is rated at 4640 GFLOPs at single, resp. 928 GFLOPs at double precision. Yes, that’s roughly around 5 resp. 1 Tera FLOPs. For smoothly running computer games. And cracking our security algorithms.
Source: Michael ‘MiKa’ Kafka