U.S. Building Next Wave of Supercomputers

Tuesday Nov 16th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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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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