The Trillion Fold Increase in Computing Power, Visualised

By Maddie Stone on at

It’s easy to get hung up over the imperfections in our technology (srsly Apple, is it that hard to give a phone a back button?) and forget just how astounding modern processing power is. A community of IT professionals called Experts Exchange has now produced a fascinating infographic to remind us.

The visualisation below, inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of Moore’s law, tells the story of the trillion fold increase in computing performance we’ve witnessed over the past sixty years. That’s impressive enough, but some of the other finds are downright incredulous. The Apollo guidance computer that took early astronauts to the moon, for instance, has the processing power of two Nintendo Entertainment Systems, while the Cray-2 supercomputer from 1985—the fastest machine in the world for its time—roughly measures up to an iPhone 4.

Plenty of interesting insights to be found here. You can check out Expert Exchange’s original post for more info on their sources and methodology.

The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized

Top image: Watch as the size of hard disk drives shrinks while storage capacity increases from 1956 to 2015.