Supercomputing in a Superhero World: Part Deux

Welcome to TekTalk with Psykout! Again!

For those of you who missed the first installment, I go by the moniker Psykout when I’m making the streets safe with my buds in the Lodge of the Wolf. I’m the resident tech savant for the team, if I do say so myself. I won’t be revealing all the secrets to be found in The Jagged Earth in Psykout’s Secrets, there’s too many of them even for an insomniac with lots of time on her hands and access to computing resources that literally defy belief. As with our first installment, let’s dive right in!


The supercomputer designated “HYPATHIA” is operated under the auspices of The Chalice Bureau (TCB) from their Three Diamonds Complex. Its primary purpose is supporting the activities of The Chalice Bureau, including rapid analysis of very large unstructured data sets, pre-critical mass trend identification, and future force projection. Secondary uses include support for Chalice United Productions for market analysis and Cup Pharmaceutical Research for medical, chemical, and genomic research. As the most publicly known supercomputing entity in Aurora City, The Chalice Bureau also has an on-going policy of evaluating unusual and/or public health related processing requests from individuals and institutions for use of HYPATHIA. Requests that have direct application to the public good have the greatest chance of being accepted while those addressing profitability for individual businesses or individuals are universally denied.

Yeah, it’s too many words, but sometimes the tech talk is the only way to provide a sense of scale. Since I’m so helpful, let me add some color. With this setup, TCB can process data feeds from anywhere and everywhere, slice and dice them 47 ways from Sunday, build 3D graphs and project logical extensions of the data and have them ready for your morning coffee (and lunch and dinner, etc.). So, lots of pretty, and informative, pictures for dataheads really fast and updated all the time.

HYPATHIA is also integral to the Augmented operations of The Chalice Bureau. TCB was the first legally recognized team of Augments within the United States of America, and currently the only one to be granted limited federal police power. Also, each member is deputized by the Aurora City Police Department for operations within Aurora City. HYPATHIA is used extensively for encryption and decryption functions to ensure secure communications to local and federal police entities, as well as information exchange with SWORD Station Aaron. Other functions include:

  • facilities management for all TCB facilities,
  • digital “housekeeping and maintenance”,
    information management, retrieval, correlation analysis, daily digests and situational analysis,
  • internal security including video, automated response, and threat analysis,
    and non-secure communications,

among other uses. Partnership agreements used to fund, build, program and maintain the estimated $138,000,000 supercomputer allow external agencies to time-share HYPATHIA’s computing capabilities. Law enforcement and security related requests are given priority with all others typically addressed on a temporary, ad-hoc basis (see the “Partners/Designers” section of the technical writeup below for more details).

Me again. Encryption is really important for everything from email to personal information. And if you happen to be one of the Augmented that doesn’t want to share everything about yourself on Twitter, much less expose your family to the masses, then encryption is very high on your list of priorities. Quantum computing to the rescue! Because HYPATHIA uses trinary resolutions, it can create encrypt/decrypt algorithms and keys that give regular binary computers a very, very bad case of indigestion. Quantcomps (I just now made that up…) can crunch the electrons into encrypted and decrypted shape orders of magnitude faster than their binary cousins.

Name/Designation: HYPATHIA Mod4


  • Prime Contractor:         Chalice United Productions, Inc.
  • Facility Design/Build:  Jackson P. Catas Deep Space Research (JPC-DSR), John Little Defense Designs (JLDD)
  • Installation:                    Specialized Weaponry & Ordnance Research Directorate (SWORD), Silicon Integration International, Inc. (SI3)
  • Additional Funding:     Cup Pharmaceutical Research (CPR), Council for Advanced Development, Research and Experimentation (CADRE)
  • Hardware/Software:   Digital Intrusion Countermeasure Electronics (DICE), Glacier Freelance Research (GFR), Clarity Security & Investigations (CS&I), Coherent Light (CL)

Processing Hardware

  • 4582 GFree “Bering Strait” X.2i quantum core compute cells (QC3s)
  • 12,724 DICE “Snake-eyes” E1 holography-based acceleration cells (HACs)
  • 820 gigabytes (GB) Coherent Light “Holo” primary memory modules (PMMs)
  • 260 GB Coherent Light “Vault” non-volatile memory modules (NvM2s)

Standard Compute Capacity

  • 1.79 mixed-mode trinary resolutions per second (MTRS)
  •    Roughly equivalent to 236.99 petaFLOPS (floating point operations per sec) OR
  •    3.09 exaOPS (mixed precision operations per second)

Estimated Peak Performance

  • 2.11 MTRS (~364 PFLOPS / 5.88 exaOPS)

Much to my (current) dismay, this bad boy will process faster than my baby FORTE, but one they can afford it and two they’ve been at it longer and three I’m nowhere near done tuning up FORTE!


  • 50 petabytes (PB) primary storage @ 4.5 terabytes (TB) per second
  • 40 PB secondary storage @ 3.1 TB per second
  • 15 PB auxiliary storage @ 2.0 TB per second

Power and Cooling

  • 24.1 megawatt (MW), ~29MW capacity)
  • Primary Cooling: Actively regenerative enclosed nitrogen heat dissipation
  • Secondary Cooling: Passive geothermal heat leech and energy transfer


  • Claymore (Fractal Tesseract Engineering (FTE) )

Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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