Amazon have recently announced their new supercomputer, which is apparently the 42nd fastest computer in the world which they are using for their online storage ventures. Amazon’s virtual supercomputer will run at 240 teraflops (able to perform 240 trillion operations every second) which is a milestone in online storage – and for $1,279 per hour anyone can run their applications over one of the 300,000 cores on the Amazon online storage application. This may sound a lot, but considering that it would take millions upon millions of dollars to implement your own system of this size, the deal all of a sudden doesn’t seem too bad.
So if Amazon’s online storage supercomputer only ranks at #42 with 240 teraflops at its disposal, what on earth (or cloud) does it take to get to the #1 spot?! Well, a heck of a lot more storage is what. 10 Petaflops to be precise, which is 10 thousand trillion operations per second, costing somewhere in the region of $100 million to run each year and without any online storage solutions. Here’s some more food for thought – Amazon were able to set up and run the cloud based supercomputer whilst thousands of other users were simultaneously running their online storage applications as well, simply phenomenal in our opinion.