U.S. Building Next Wave of Supercomputers

Tuesday Nov 16th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Hot on the heels of the news that China has captured the world's fastest computer title comes an announcement that the Americans are working on two 20-petaflop supercomputers.

Computerworld: For many years, the U.S. was home to the world's fastest computer--the 1.75 petaflop system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Now, it appears China has captured the title with its 2.5-petaflop Tianhe-1A.

However, the U.S. isn't giving up on the fastest supercomputer race. Oak Ridge has announced that it is working on a 20-petaflop computer that should be operational by 2012. And IBM is building a second 20-petaflop machine at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; it should also be operational by 2012.

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