The World's Most Powerful Computer

The World's Most Powerful Computer
Clip: 429081_1_1
Year Shot: 1986 (Actual Year)
Audio: Yes
Video: Color
Tape Master: 1005
Original Film:
Location: United States
Timecode: 03:36:14 - 03:39:07

The use of the Cray 2 supercomputer, the fastest computer in the world, at ARC is detailed. The Cray 2 can perform 250 million calculations per second and has 10 times the memory of any other computer. Ames researchers are shown creating computer simulations of aircraft airflow, waterflow around a submarine, and fuel flow inside of the Space Shuttle's engines. The video also details the Cray 2's use in calculating airflow around the Shuttle and its external rockets during liftoff for the first time and in the development of the National Aero Space Plane.