back to article US nuke boffinry to be powered by Facebook-inspired Linux servers

Linux clusters built from Facebook's blueprints will help crunch numbers for the US government's hydrogen bomb scientists. The computer system, dubbed the Tundra Extreme Scale series, will cost $39m, and at its peak perform between seven and nine thousand trillion math calculations per second – that's seven to nine petaflops …

  1. Mark 85

    Irony maybe?

    There's a certain irony about what the Zuckerborg preaches about "bringing the world together", etc. and the tech developed by his company to ensure the bombs work....

  2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Where is that 'like' button

    So, I can 'friend' a thermonuclear warhead on FB now or did I get something wrong?

    1. frank ly

      Re: Where is that 'like' button

      Just hope that your new friend doesn't get the urge to visit you.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Where is that 'like' button

      i just misread that as "send" a thermonuclear warhead.


  3. Jos V

    good, but...

    Can it play tic tac toe?

  4. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Oh dear, I've just remembered:

    But seriously: wouldn't it be nice if all the computer power currently devoted to liking, friending, sharing pictures of cute kittens and meals and so on was to be used on something worthwhile like research?

    1. MyffyW Silver badge

      When they hook IBM's Watson up to this that's when I head for the hills

  5. Fungus Bob

    But could this wonder technology be used to teach a bomb phenomenology?

    1. mtp

      Let there be light

      1. Peter Stone

        and there was light--

        (Good old Dr A)

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