IBM unveiled the world's fastest computer this week, the BBC reports. Blue Gene/P is three times faster than what is thought to be the fastest known computer -- Blue Gene/L, another IBM computer.
Blue Gene/P, which will go online later this year at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, comes packed with 1 petaflop, or the capability of processing 1,000 trillion calculations per second (100,000 times faster than a PC).
Oh, and what makes all these computers so fast? It's the same processor technology found in the just-released PlayStation 3 that your kids use.