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Let's just all pause for a moment of silence to ponder just how amazing even the PX Xavier is compared to somewhat recent history:

ASCI Red was the first 1 TOP computer. It consumed 850kW of power and cost $46m. It was the fastest supercomputer in the world 19 years ago this June. Now we're arguing over whether all our cars will be driving around with a computer either 144 or 300x as fast using either 8500x or 1700x less power and costing in the neighborhood of 100,000x less.


A bit apples and oranges, though. The ASCI Red is a general-purpose computer that ran whatever you wanted via the full x86 instruction set. The Xavier and Tesla chips are basically very specific FMADD modules that can't do much else.

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