President Obama has signed an executive order called “Creating a national strategic computing initiative” that will allow research and development for new supercomputers that can read instructions 100 times faster than today’s computers.
The goal is to reach the ‘extrflop’ instruction cycle. (See Supercomputes) To be more precise, a ‘flop’ represents the cycle of floating point computations, which is a step above a general ‘computer instruction’.
The equation for calculating flops is the following:
1 flop = sockets * cores/sockets * clock * FLOPS/cycle
Breaking it down, we have:
1 flop = Amount of CPUs (sockets) * The amount of processors per CPU (cores) / Amount of CPUs (sockets) * Clock speed * The amount of computations / clock cycle
The ‘socket’ is defined here as the connection to the motherboard for a processor; so, one (working) socket would have one CPU connected to it. Two sockets would have two CPUs attached to the motherboard.
The ‘cores’ refer to the amount of processor chips that are within each processor.
The bottom line is that such a computer would theoretically be able to process a billion billion calculations per second.
The government agencies that will benefit the most would be NASA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
At Jay Taub, we believe that if they are going to expand into researching exaflop supercomputers, I would think they also should integrate this research with new non-semiconductor technology that doesn’t rely on electromagnetic induction so that it can survive an EMP attack.
We need to think out of the box and stay one step ahead of those that are planning cyber wars against the United States. There will come a time when EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) will become large enough that then will be able to disrupt or more dangerously, destroy computer components such as CPUs, motherboard chips, hard drives, as well as cell phones and any other devices / components that rely on electromagnetism.
For clarity, it is the electric current that produces a magnetic field and it is the polarity of this field that causes (semiconductor) transistors to turn on or off (bit 1 or 0). If an electromagnet comes close enough to these transistors (or any other electromagnetic component), it will destroy the logic process when they are running.
If the magnet comes too close to a hard drive, it will disrupt the bits that have been placed there by electromagnetism, resulting in the data rended useless.
It is our hope that new technology is underway as we speak.