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.