It Would Take 61 Million iPads 2s To Match The Power Of The World’s Best Supercomputer

It Would Take 61 Million iPads 2s To Match The Power Of The World’s Best Supercomputer

The iPad 2 has some impressive mobile silicon inside it. The A5 processor is a dual-core affair with a 1GHZ clock speed, capable of about 171 megaflops (or about 171 100 floating-point operations per second).

Not bad, right? But how does the iPad 2 stack up against the most powerful computer in the world, Fujitsu’s K Super Computer?

Not too well, according to the guys at Royal Pingdom. In fact, you would need about 61.5 million iPad 2s to match the 10 Billion megaflops of the K Computer.

That’s enough iPad 2s that if you stacked them on top of one another, the pile would be 540 kilometers high. That’s the equivalent of about 1,700 Eiffel Towers stacked end-to-end.

Well, sure. Fine. But can the K computer run Infinity Blade 2? Thought not.

  • FriarNurgle


  • Gene

    But how many Eniacs would it take to equal one iPad?

  • Zanzibar

    171 MFLOPS is 171,000,000 not 171,000 #corrections


    Ah, but how many *insert android tablet name here* does it take to equal one iPad 2?


    But how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

  • Howie Isaacks

    This is really dumb.  Why would anyone want to compare the processing power of an iPad to the world’s fastest super computer?

  • Un_FollowMe

    iPad 2s* 

  • Sdreed91

    how is this news? i dont understand some of the postings on this sight. I mean CoM can turn out some very useful and intersting articles. But what purpose does this article have? Slow news day I guess

  • Jessie Slidortski

    It’s exactly equal to the number of ways that Apple is better than MIcrosoft

  • Jessie Slidortski

    By the way who took the photo at 4:20 wink,wink.

  • brodey

    Neither of these devices use Intel processors, so why would you use that image? Who would make that image? I hate you John Brownlee.

  • SevanGrim

    lol we should form a club.  Side note: i have a feeling the computer working at the capacity of 6 million ipads could run Infinity Blade if someone programed it to undermine apple. stupid ending to another pointless Brownlee story.

  • SevanGrim

    my advice? If you See Brownlee’s name under the title, lower your expectations.

  • Yasaswy Nagavolu

    But not useful to me atleast as one of those ipads..

  • DrM47145

    Holy crap. What a stupid piece.

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