Apr 29

Just as our childhood, even today the constellations of stars in the sky hold untold mysteries for us. Some people never stop gazing. NASA, the world’s leader at keeping an eye on our skies have a lot more technology then our young childish hearts could have ever imagined in their dreams.
NASA has a facility which homes the supercomputer Pleiades. This is NASA’s flagship computer. Pleiades is currently ranked as the world’s sixth highest powerful supercomputers on earth with an official measurement counting about 973 Trillion Floating Point Operations (teraflops) in every second. The advanced supercomputing facility is situated at the Ames Research Center. NASA’s computing facility accommodates around 1,500 users on NASA’s network to enable them to have touch of the button views on what may be going on in the space just above our beloved planet. Pleiades, similar to most if not all supercomputers, is always a work in progress.
It made its debut in 2008 starting off with a world three ranking and as with other supercomputer systems still has room to grow. Although it has doubled its capacity since inception, there is always room for growth in this industry. Even though during its debut in 2008, it obtained a number three world ranking, since then it has dropped three places in the rankings. In essence, supercomputers are utilized for never ending information containment and simulation tasks.
The Space Shuttle Columbia exploded and was witnessed in horror by those who were there, on television or in person. Since then NASA employed a full scale investigation to determine what had caused the tragic disaster. This incident is became NASA’s determination to learn what had caused that dire disaster. As a result, a computer was fashioned in what was to become known as NASA’s Columbian supercomputer in 2004.

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