High Performance Computing Trivia Challenge

Posted on January 4, 2018

Happy National Trivia Day to you! To commemorate the occasion, Advanced Clustering has created a five-question HPC Trivia Challenge. Ready, set, go:

1. What was the name of the first supercomputer?

See the answer

The CDC 6600 (built by Control Data Corporation in 1964)

2. Before that, what was the name of the first programmable, digital, electronic computer?

See the answer

Colossus (1943)

3. The potential speedup of an algorithm on a parallel computing platform is determined by which law?

See the answer

Amdahl's law

4. What NSF-funded virtual organization integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced digital services (including supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources) - with researchers nationally to support science?

See the answer

XSEDE – the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment

5. Name the system that was the first to break through the 1 teraflop barrier on the MP-Linpack benchmark in 1996.

See the answer

ASCI Red (which eventually reached 2 teraflops)

Download our HPC Pricing Guide
Get our Guide to Grant Writing

Request a Consultation from our team of HPC Experts

Would you like to speak to one of our HPC experts? We are here to help you. Submit your details, and we'll be in touch shortly.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.