TeraFLOP – what is it?

How powerful is your computer and what do TeraFLOPS have to do with it? We explain it to you.

You want to know how much power is in your computer or game console? The unit “TeraFLOP” gives you information about it. What FLOPS means and how many FLOPS you need to have a powerful CPU in front of you can be found here.

  1. The term: FLOPS
  2. How much is a TeraFLOP?
  3. FLOPS sizes in the overview

Term FLOPS Means:

” Floating Point Operations Per Second ” – that’s what the acronym ” FLOPS ” stands for. The floating-point operations are exactly the mathematical operations (such as adding or multiplying numbers) that your computer must perform to process your data. Floating-point numbers are the usual way of representing numbers in computers. A FLOP indicates how many of these calculations your computer takes per secondcan afford. And the more FLOPS your computer creates, the more power it has. It should be noted, however, that the actual performance of the processor depends on other factors. The FLOPS specification nevertheless provides a good guide value. Calculators of everyday use usually have a CPU whose performance is in the GigaFLOPS range . Research-grade computers, for example, combining multiple processors, even achieve the PetaFLOPS range. Depending on how many FLOPS your current machine has, CPUs can also be subsequently replaced and upgraded for greater performance.

How much is a TeraFLOP?

The prefix ” Tera ” comes from the International System of Units (SI) and is used to determine the unit size. “Tera” stands for the factor 10 high 12 . This means that a TeraFLOP is 10 to the power of 12 or a trillion FLOPS. Translated to the general definition of FLOPS, a TeraFLOP stands for a processor that makes one trillion calculations per second .

Tip: You would like to find out how many FLOPS your CPU creates afterward? This article lists some PC services.

FLOPS sizes  overview

With the aid of the LINPACK measuring program, the 500 fastest computer systems are listed in a TOP500 ranking list. The world’s fastest computer today is ” Summit ” the supercomputer of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Summit creates 200 PetaFLOPS theoretical computing power. In the following overview, we have listed the increments of unit sizes for you.

KiloFLOPS ( KFLOPS ) 10 ^ 3 (1,000)
MegaFLOPS ( MFLOPS ) 10 ^ 6 (1,000,000)
GigaFLOPS ( GFLOPS ) 10 ^ 9 (1,000,000,000)
TeraFLOPS ( TFLOPS ) 10 ^ 12 (1,000,000,000,000)
PetaFLOPS ( PFLOPS ) 10 ^ 15 (1,000,000,000,000,000)
ExaFLOPS ( EFLOPS ) 10 ^ 18 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000)
ZettaFLOPS ( ZFLOPS ) 10 ^ 21 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000)
YottaFLOPS ( YFLOPS ) 10 ^ 24 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)

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