Frontier Scientists' new video describe FLOPs in supercomputing

16 Jan 2012 Fairbanks - If you know what a FLOP is, you can stop reading now. But if you don't, take note and watch "What's a FLOP?" at Frontier Scientists. It will be your primer to the next step in computational science.

"Computational Science is a primary means of discovery in the world today. It's a way of making our manufacturing processes more efficient, of better understanding the world we live in and of doing all types of data analysis for all types of purposes", stated Greg Newby, director of the Arctic Region Super Computing Center. In a new series of videos Greg Newby and Per Nyberg, from Cray Inc., speak revealingly about how computational science uses an important tool, a supercomputer.

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