A modern smartphone or a vintage supercomputer: which is more powerful?
posted by Nick T. / Jun 14, 2014, 7:28 PM
iPhone 5s produces about 76.8 GFLOPS – nearly a thousand times more. And surely, the iPhone can render 3D graphics looking better than Tron's Lightcycle scene. On a related note, the Cray-2 supercomputer was released 10 years after the Cray-1 and was the world's fastest supercomputer until 1990. But even with a performance of up to 1.9 GFLOPS, the liquid-cooled, 200-kilowatt machine still ranks behind the Apple iPhone, at least when it comes to GFLOPS ratings.
Samsung Galaxy S5 outputs 142 GFLOPS. And the 192-core GPU on the Tegra K1 SoC produces an even more impressive peak of 364 GFLOPS. Sure, these might not be superior to Deep Blue when it comes to playing chess, but in terms of brute, number-crunching power, these mobile graphics processors stand stronger.
So yeah, technology is definitely advancing, and it is doing so at a rapid pace. What takes a supercomputer to calculate today will most likely be a piece of cake for the smartphones (or whatever they evolve into) that we'll be using in 2020, just like today's smartphones have the processing potential of a vintage supercomputer. What we'll be investing this computational power into, however, is a whole different topic. Feel free to share your predictions down in the comments!
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Good piece PA!
posted on Jun 14, 2014, 7:54 PM 3
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Yeah I agree, I definitely would like to see more articles similar to this one
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 3:47 PM 1
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I have been telling people that smart phones today are even faster then a number of computers and laptops from even just 10 years ago. Think about it ram in computers were only just starting to come out with ddr2. A number of other computers were still using ddr-333 or ddr-400. In today's flagship smart phones, a number of them are using ddr3 now. Even some using ddr3 1066 clock speeds. Some people who get phablets have even started to not bother using a tablet any more, because the phablet fulfills the users needs completely. Not to mention more and more apps mean the smart phones are even replacing some users computer needs. This trend is only going to grow.
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 6:38 PM 0
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time to plug my z2 into a rocket and go to mars XD
posted on Jun 14, 2014, 7:54 PM 8
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Just make sure the rocket doesn't overheats like the Z2. J/k
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 9:56 AM 3
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The Z2 only overheats while recording 4K. Can you name me a phone that doesn't? At least Z2 gived you this option, Most other phones don't. Would you prefer car that is speed limited for your safety or a car that lets you push it as fast as it can go?
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 11:47 PM 0
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The past and future of hardware are are linked to Moore's Law. Of course we will have more computing power running more efficiently accessing larger databases. The key is software. If someone could compile Deep Blue's chess software to run on a Tegra, it would run faster but it wouldn't be any more intelligent. For that you would have to write better software. Most of your computing power goes towards determining the color and intensity of each of your phone's pixels every fraction of a second. I, for one, would much rather Google Now (or Cortana or Siri) used a significantly greater percentage of that power to help me with my life. Start with a more reliable voice recognition system and add the situational decision making that allowed Deep Blue to win.
posted on Jun 14, 2014, 8:35 PM 3
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Since when did we "fling pigs at birds" ?
posted on Jun 14, 2014, 9:28 PM 5
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Oops, my bad. Thanks for pointing this out!
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 2:09 AM 1
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@Nick What would be more interesting to me is to know what power the current smartphone (smartdragon 200, smartdragon 400, smartdragon 600, smartdragon 800, tegra 2, tegra 3, tegra 4, exynos, mediatek) has compared to normal computer CPU such as 286, 386, 486, pentium, pentium mmx, pentium 2, pentium 3, pentium 4, atom, ....
posted on Jun 17, 2014, 1:01 PM 0
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A good read. The first thing that i thought after reading it through was.. Why the heck does Nasa not go back to moon with so much tech available now..? Nasa says it's very risky to do manned space flight to the moon right now. So, how the heck did they do it back then..? Hoax maybe..! Alien threat maybe..! Coming back to the article, Thanks for showing the leap of technology. Hope to see more comparative articles like this one.
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 3:40 AM 0
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S5 is faster than vintage supercomputer but still cant run android properly
posted on Jun 15, 2014, 3:43 AM 0
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