Attempt to build ‘Flash Mob’ supercomputer from volunteered PCs falls short

An attempt to build a supercomputer comparable in processing power to the fastest currently on the Top500 list from donated PCs fell short of the expected results.

The network of 700 PCs donated in the ‘Flash Mob’ experiment at the University of San Francisco was capable of 180 billion ops/sec – far from the the 35 trillion ops/sec capable by the Japanese Earth Simulator – currently the fastest computer in the world.

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