Example: "The sum of multiple computers' processing power is sometimes measured in petaflops."

Petaflops (also PFLOPS) is used to measure the performance of a computer's floating point unit (FPU). One petaflops equals 1,000 teraflops, or 1,000,000,000,000,000 FLOPS. Like gigaflops and teraflops, the term "petaflops" may be singular or plural since FLOPS is short for "Floating Point Operations Per Second." Only a few of the worlds fastest supercomputers are measured in petaflops, since most computers run at less than one petaflops.

Updated: March 17, 2010