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Friday, 8 July 2011
Japan takes top spot in supercomputer race
The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan currently owns the world's fastest supercomputer.
Dubbed "K Computer", which is a bit of a misprint of a Radiohead album cover, the beast is three times faster than a Chinese rival that previously held the top slot.
Jack Dongarra, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, who compiles the supercomputer league tables, told the New York Times that K was a "giant leap forward" in computer speed.
The beast was built by Fujitsu and runs from the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan.
He said that it was jolly impressive and a lot more powerful than the other computers on the block.
K could make make 8.2 quadrillion calculations per second, or 8.2 petaflops per second. You can get the same effect if you link a million desktop computers.