At That Time [the 1960s], Bell Laboratories Scientists Projected That Computer Speeds As High As 30 Million Floating-point Calculations Per Second (megaflops) Would Be Needed For The Army's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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...At that time [the 1960s], Bell Laboratories scientists projected that
computer speeds as high as 30 million floating-point calculations per
second (megaflops) would be needed for the Army's ballistic missile
defense system. Many computer experts -- including a National Academy
of Sciences panel -- said achieving such speeds, even using multiple
processors, was impossible. Today, new generation supercomputers operate
at billions of operations per second (gigaflops).
-- Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 9, 1988, Washington Roundup, pg 13