__/ [Marcus Fox] on Thursday 12 January 2006 03:30 \__
> Watching a rather old documentary where they all have weird haircuts and
> all the equipment looks like it came from a 70's sci fi movie. The
> scientist is explaining his six feet computer. "This is the world's most
> powerful computer. It can process 100 million calculations per second", he
> says. By this I take it he means 100 MHz. Can anyone estimate for me the
> approximate year when this was the top of the range processor?
The number of clock cycles does not proportionally relate to the number of
calculations. What do they mean by an "instruction"? What type of instruc-
tion? What complexity and cost does it have ? How many bits does it have,
thus how expressive is it?
If it were a 100 MHz computer that's most powerful, you would possibly be
looking at the early 80's or late 70's?? For home computing, 100 MHz prob-
ably came about with the Pentiums in the early 90's, maybe 1992.
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