Distributed processing, space telescopes and super-computer speeds

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Distributed processing, space telescopes and super-computer speeds

I read that IBM sold a super-computer called Summit in June 2018 that could perform 200 Trillion transactions per second.

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How many average Windows laptops are need to rival that kind of power?

And if that average Windows laptop is used in a business environment, what kind of hardware utilization is there to:
1) Run Windows
2) Perform ordinary office uses, like email, word processing, running a virtual terminal?

Secondly, what can you tell me about the processing power of a distributed model where thousands of PC's perform calculations when it detects idle time?

There is a famous space telescope which does this. Please remind me of the name of that system.

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Summit is about 200,000 times more powerful than the average laptop! It was recently ranked as #1 on the Top500 Supercomputers list published late June 2018.

There are several distributed astronomy projects.  SETI@home was the first.  Einstein@home and MilkyWay@home came later.
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SETI@home
"how many laptops...."
This table gives you some comparative numbers on processing power of a wide variety of CPUs:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instructions_per_second
It's not up-to-date, but will get you in the ballpark.

It indicates that an i7-6950X can do about 300,000 MPs.  The IBM you cited is about 666,000 faster.
There are newer and faster i7s (and other) processors.  This is in the same ballpark as what d-glitch cited above.
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