In 2004 the fastest computer could record 10^9 bits per second. Scientists believed that the speed limit at the time was about 10^12 bits per second.
About how many times more bits per second was the speed limit than the fastest computers?
10^9 = 10,000,000,000
10^12 = 10,000,000,000,000
TO find how many times more bits/ second the speed was divide 10^12/10^9
which equals 10,000 or 10^3.
So, it was 10,000 times more powerful.