Wait … so what’s a teraflop?

I may write and talk about video games for a living, but I’m as ignorant as one could possibly be of computer science and still be legally allowed to work on the internet. So, like many of you I’d guess, when Microsoft said its Xbox One refresh Project Scorpio would have “six teraflops of computing power” my stupid Cro-Magnon brain heard it as “very fast and good.”

But what is a teraflop? Well, I had an hour to kill before the E3 show floor opened, so I decided to spend it educating myself, if only for a distraction from obsessing about the fact that Insomniac is making a Spider-Man game.

My research methods included (1) Google and (2) watching this video from the Frontier Scientists Channel:

It’s worth noting that if you have…

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