Top Science of 2013
Roadrunner firsts pave way for more powerful supercomputing
Roadrunner hit the petaflop barrier a few years ago, topping supercomputer lists for years for its power and energy efficiency, and the first to use hybrid processing.
Science needs fast computers to model, for example, a human brain’s quadrillion synapsis or to recreate the universe from the big bang to today. Although Roadrunner retired this year, it is ushering in the next generation of supercomputing that will more powerful and efficient.