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 High Performance Computing Trivia Challenge. Ready, set, go:

1. What was the name of the first supercomputer?

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

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

Colossus (1943)

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

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?

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.

ASCI Red (which eventually reached 2 teraflops)

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