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## What is a TeraFLOP? - Easily explained

FLOPS - regardless of whether MegaFLOPS, TeraFLOPS or PetaFLOPS - are an essential parameter for the performance of computers. We explain to you what it is all about and what makes supercomputers so impressive.

### TeraFLOPS simply explained

FLOPS of all sizes, such as the infamous TeraFLOPS, are appearing more and more frequently in reports on supercomputers. Before you ask yourself the question about the "Tera", you should look more generally at the "FLOPS".

• FLOPS is an acronym from English and stands for "Floating Point Operations Per Second". In German this means "floating point operations per second".
• Operations are mathematical operations such as adding and multiplying numbers.
• Floating point stands for the type of numerical representation common in computers.
• FLOPS indicate how many such calculations a computer can perform per second. The more FLOPS a computer can do, the faster and more powerful it is.
• However, this is only one of several indicators of what makes a strong processor, as it only expresses how many calculations it can perform. In addition, there are many other aspects that influence how much of it is actually noticeable for you as a user.
• Everyday computers have processors and graphics cards whose performance is generally in the GigaFLOPS range and makes rare outliers in the low TeraFlOPS.
• Supercomputers such as those built for research purposes combine countless processors and even achieve PetaFLOPS with them. A very recent development is the new record holder Sunway Taihu Light with 125 PetaFLOPS.

### FLOPS: Kilo, Tera, Peta simply explained

FLOPS are now clear, but the question of the "Tera" remains. For reassurance: This is more closely related to the everyday:

• Like kilos, tera is an indication of size. The kilo stands for the factor 10 ^ 3 or 1,000: Because 1,000 meters is a kilometer, 1,000 grams is a kilogram and 1,000 FLOPS is a kiloFLOP.
• It's the same with Tera, except that you rarely need this factor in everyday life. Tera stands for 10 ^ 12, so with TeraFLOPS for one trillion calculations per second.
• With 125 petaFLOPS, i.e. 10 ^ 15 FLOPS, the PC Sunway Tauhu Light even manages an order of magnitude more: 125,000,000,000,000,000 calculations. The following sizes are particularly relevant for FLOPS:

### All FLOPS at a glance

1. KiloFLOPS (kFLOPS) = 10 ^ 3 (1,000) FLOPS
2. MegaFLOPS (MFLOPS) = 10 ^ 6 (1,000,000) FLOPS
3. GigaFLOPS (GFLOPS) = 10 ^ 9 (1,000,000,000) FLOPS
4. TeraFLOPS (TFLOPS) = 10 ^ 12 (1,000,000,000,000) FLOPS
5. PetaFLOPS (PFLOPS) = 10 ^ 15 (1,000,000,000,000,000) FLOPS
6. ExaFLOPS (EFLOPS) = 10 ^ 18 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) FLOPS
7. ZettaFLOPS (ZFLOPS) = 10 ^ 21 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) FLOPS
8. YottaFLOPS (YFLOPS) = 10 ^ 24 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) FLOPS

You probably won't get a supercomputer, but a new processor with lots of FLOPS can be worth it. We explain how to change the CPU in your computer. You can also get even more FLOPS out of your CPU with certain tools like OverDrive.