If "all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can in one day."
Before it begins its tenure with the military, the computer will also be used for various scientific endeavors, including investigations into global warming. Having successfully created the first petaflop computer has added a feeling of pride to American supercomputer enthusiasts, who note that several other countries
had been vying for this honor. But, as many experts note, it is not the computer itself that deserves the celebration, but the amazingly intricate and significant issues which it can help us tackle.