Intel’s Supercomputer ASCI Red is launched and Pepper Pad is released. All on today’s On This DAy from TEST Huddle.
1996 – Intel’s Supercomputer
In the U.S. Intel announce the development of a supercomputer that can attain computing speeds of up to one trillion operations per second. ASCI Red was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy at a cost of $50 million. The main use of the supercomputer will be to simulate nuclear weapons’ performance and to predict weather patterns and other natural phenomena at the Sandia National Laboratories.
2003 – Pepper Pad
On this day in 2003 the Pepper Pad, is released. The device is a mobile computer with Internet capability that doubles as a handheld game console. It features a 533MHz AMD Geode LX800 CPU with 256MB of RAM. The device also comes with a 20GB or 30GB hard disk and a Flash memory slot as well as featuring a 7-inch LCD touchscreen, with connectivity including both Bluetooth 2.0, and Wi-Fi.