Just to make you realize how the technology evolves quickly, the head of marketing of HTC, Shen Ye, he wanted us to share a small, but fun comparison.
If the Xbox Series X, the next console by Microsoft, released at the end of the year, had been out 20 years ago, it would have the same power of a supercomputer by 110 million dollars, theIBM ASCI White. This, only by comparing one of the few known data (or at least of the most certain), that the 12 TeraFlops of computational power.
Shen Ye said on Twitter:
“From what you say, the next Xbox is expected to have 12 TeraFlops of computational power. The IBM ASCI White, the fastest computer of 20 years ago, had a theoretical power of 12.3 TFlops. It cost 110 million dollars, weighed 106 tons and consumed 6 Megawatts of power, the only half for cooling.”.
The next gen Xbox is rumoured to have 12 TeraFlops of computing power.
IBM ASCI White, the fastest super computer 20 years ago, had a theoretical performance of 12.3 TFlops.
It cost 0m, weighted 106 tonnes, and consumed 6 MW of power (half just for cooling).
— Shen Ye (@shen) January 3, 2020
There is also to say that the ASCI White was able to boast of 8192 CPUS, 6TB of RAM and 160TB of memory, something that hardly Xbox One X will fail to replicate. Despite all that, the comparison makes us think about how consumer technology is evolving rapidly, so as to reach (and even exceed) that a reserved time to the big industries.
For the sake of completeness, here’s a picture of ASCI White:
I wonder what they would think the engineers of the past if they saw all this power, now contained in the video-game consoles of just a few square inches, at the mere cost of $ 500.