Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A measure of computing speed equal to one trillion floating-point operations per second.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of computing power equal to 1000 (or 1024) gigaflops

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer science) a unit for measuring the speed of a computer system

Etymologies

tera- + FLOP.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
tera- +‎ flop (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's the size of a fingernail called the teraflop chip.

    CNN Transcript Feb 12, 2007

  • A mere 29 days ago IBM announced that it's Blue Gene/L system was the world's fastest computer capable of a sustained speed of 36.01 teraflops a teraflop is a trillion calculations per second.

    The Speculist: October 2004 Archives

  • Designed to handle the ever-growing demands of computer games, today's top GPUs can process information at the rate of nearly two teraflops (a teraflop is a trillion floating-point operations per second).

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • A petaflop stands for a quadrillion floating-point operations per second, and a teraflop is a trillion calculations a second.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • A teraflop is a trillion But the IBM Roadrunner remained the king with 1.105 petaflops.

    TechWeb

  • A teraflop is a measure of how many floating point operations per second a computer can handle.

    GigaOM Network

  • Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are packing hundreds of specialized calculating engines on new graphics chips to reach a milestone for speed known as a "teraflop," or a trillion scientific operations per second.

    Graphics Chips May Play Outside Games

  • Nvidia today unveiled a system for high-performance computing that uses four graphics processors to provide 1 teraflop of computing power, and multiple units can be easily combined to form a GPU-based computing cluster.

    Nvidia Touts New GPU Supercomputer

  • The HD 4800 is the first mobile GPU according to AMD to break the teraflop barrier.

    AMD HD 4000 mobility video cards unveiled at CES - SlipperyBrick.com

  • In the area of supercomputing, scientists have coupled together commodity hardware and open source software to build complex systems that have drastically reduced the cost per teraflop for supercomputers.

    Archive 2007-12-17

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