Even Supercomputers Fade Away

Supercomputers are the pinnacle of current computing technology, but they too can be subject to the seemingly relentless advances that occur in the industry. Five year old Roadrunner, still ranked in the top 30 fastest Supercomputers in the world, is being put out to pasture. It's a tough gig.
The $121 million Roadrunner supercomputer was the first to consistently compute a Petaflop, or a quadrillion mathematical calculations per second, beginning in 2008 and this power has aided research into lasers, viruses, weapons, cosmology and more. Roadrunner takes up 6,000 square feet, uses 278 racks to house its processors and is connected by 55 miles of fiber optic cable.