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    It's expected that the world's supercomputers will be capable of breaking the exascale barrier, or one quintillion calculations per second within 10 to 20 years.How do they do it? I wonder what the new designs will be like.


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    Massive parallelism.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    It's expected that the world's supercomputers will be capable of breaking the exascale barrier, or one quintillion calculations per second within 10 to 20 years.How do they do it? I wonder what the new designs will be like.
    Quantum computers will be even faster. I'm not sure why, but the more bits you have, the more operations a single processor could execute at once. This increases exponentially, I think. Development is already in infancy (some logic gates and stuff have been made.) In 50 years, we could do a quintillion ips on a single processor, rather than 20,000.
    "It is the ability to make predictions about the future that is the crux of intelligence."
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    For example, you can predict that 3+5=8. You can predict what sequence of muscle commands you should generate during a conversation, or whether an object is a desk or a chair. The brain is very complicated, but that is essentially how intelligence works. Instinct, emotions, and behavior are somewhat seperate.
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