IBM's Supercomputer Puts America Back on Top

Monday, 18 Jun 2012 09:33 AM

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America has regained its status as owner of the world’s fastest computer, the BBC reported.

IBM’s Sequoia beat Japan’s K Computer, made by Fujitsu, to reclaim the spot it lost two years ago to China, the BBC said. The Sequoia, which is installed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, will be used for simulations on nuclear weapons. It can calculate in one hour what otherwise would take 6.7 billion people using hand calculators 320 years to complete if they worked non-stop, according to the BBC.

"While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation's nuclear deterrent," National Nuclear Security Administration administrator Thomas D'Agostino told the BBC. "Sequoia also represents continued American leadership in high performance computing."

America had three computers in the top 10, the BBC reported, China and Germany have two supercomputers, and Japan, France and Italy have one.


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