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'Stampede' supercomputer unveiled at UT Austin

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Wednesday at the UT Austin Texas Advanced Computing Center, a new "super-computer" was unveiled to the world.

It's called "Stampede."

Alan Blatecky with the National Science Foundation says Stampede is nearly 10 petaflops.

I know what you're thinking...what the heck is a petaflop?

Well it's a measurement of the math equations this thing can do in a single second.

"Two plus two is one action, okay? You can do 10 quadrillion of those per second. So that will give you the tremendous amount of capability of the machine," Blatecky said.

Stampede has 75 miles of fiber and it even has water running underneath it to cool the room down.

The computer itself is made up of Dell and Intel parts.

"Once the microscope was first invented, there were 5 or 6 people who saw it that instantly got it right away. But think about the first thousand people that for the first time got to see something that you could only see with a microscope. And then all of a sudden because of that, they thought of 50 things that they could do that they could never do before," said Tim Carroll with Dell.

And some of those things include brain tumor imaging, black hole physics, earthquake prediction and even severe weather like hurricanes.

"Not only can you predict where it's gonna go, you begin to say 'How do you then prepare the best way to respond to it? What roads need to be opened? When? Where do you need to put the supplies,'" Blatecky said.

Karl Schulz with TACC is excited about the computer being in Austin.

He says scientists aren't the only ones that will be using it. Students can get in on the action.

"They get to actually log into Stampede and use it in some of their classes. They use it in their research, then they'll go into the world and they're gonna take that training with them and they'll be doing the next generation of science," Schulz said.

But the most important question is -- this thing is not gonna take over planet earth is it?

"It might, it might, you gotta be careful! Gotta treat it nicely," Schulz said.

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