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Speed of Pacific Blue supercomputer relative to desktop PC:

About 15,000 times faster

Because, amongst other reasons, it has:

5,856 processors, 2.6 terabytes of RAM and 75 terabytes of disk storage

Size and weight of this heavyweight:

8,000 square feet and 105,000 pounds

Other vital statistics:

Over four miles of cable and consuming 3,900 watts of power

And the price: A $94 million contract was signed in 1996

Source: Reuter