"What's more interesting is that, on average, I would guess that
most of these machines will never be used to 1/100 of one percent
of their capacity. What a waste of power. See On Programming:
"Note that a copy of Vista would cost $100, over a quarter the
cost of the hardware. Thank goodness we have Linux Ubuntu available
at no cost.
"Note especially the CDC 6600, the world’s largest
supercomputer from 1966 to the early 1970’s. It cost almost
$10 million in 1970 dollars. You can now get a machine that is
several orders of magnitudes bigger in memory , , with one terabyte
of disk space, AND faster, for less than 1/30000th the price of the
"Or put the other way, the CDC 6600 would cost at least three
hundred billion dollars today!!"