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Now -- terascale computing and why it matters.
Crossing that boundary of 10^12th – one million million operations per second – will launch us to new frontiers.
I’ll highlight just two: Protein Folding and Weather and Climate Prediction.
Protein Folding – on current systems, the simulation of one microsecond of protein folding (the longest undertaken to date) required two months.
In the real world, typical protein folding times are twenty microseconds. That means we’re looking at some 40 months of processor time on current systems to run a full-scale simulation.
Without faster systems, we’ll never understand the reaction dynamics of biologically important molecules.