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Monday, November 16, 2009

China's Supercomputer

China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer in Tianjin was rated the fifth fastest computer in the world, making China one of the elite countries in supercomputing. It joins Germany and America: the German supercomputer, Jugene, is the fourth fastest in the world, and the U.S. has the top three fastest supercomputers in the world. Two of those are right here in Tennessee!

While America and the U.K. dominate the Top 500, compiled biannually, China's induction proves the rest of the world is not only keeping pace with us, but advancing quickly! Pres. Obama was in China today and spoke about the importance of free and uncensored Web access. How timely is that? Unfortunately, his speech was heard by a relatively small audience; Chinese officials censored him.

The fastest supercomputer in the world is located in Oak Ridge, TN, and is capable of 1.759 petaflops - that's 1,000 trillion calculations... per second! It's name is Jaguar.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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