Japanese scientists claim to have built the world’s fastest supercomputerJune 20th, 2011 - 11:31 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Tokyo, Japan, June 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) On Monday Japanese scientists announced that they have developed a supercomputer that they say is three times more powerful than the previous record holder. The supercomputer was developed by Fujitsu in collaboration with the Japanese government.
China’s Tianhe-1A was declared the world’s fastest supercomputer last November after the machine managed to do 2.566 quadrillion calculations per second. The supercomputer belongs to the National Supercomputing Centre in Tianjin. The developers of the Japanese supercomputer announced that their machine is capable of making 8.162 quadrillion calculations per second making it by far the world’s fastest supercomputer.
The achievement of the supercomputer has been recognized with officials placing it on the top of the Top 500 List of Supercomputers. The list was released on Monday during the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
The supercomputer has been dubbed K Computer and the developers say the machine will provide the means for scientists to better predict the weather and make accurate predictions on impending natural disasters.
In a statement Fujitsu announced that, “Use of the K computer is expected to have a groundbreaking impact in fields ranging from global climate research, meteorology, disaster prevention, and medicine, thereby contributing to the creation of a prosperous and secure society.”
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