The New York Times reports that Japan has built the world’s most powerful supercomputer from “640 specialized nodes that are in turn composed of 5,104” NEC processors. The machine boasts the computing power equivalent to the 20 fastest American supercomputers combined, and with a top speed of 35.6 teraflops, outpaces the next fastest machine, the ASCI White Pacific, by more than factor of five. Applications include climate modeling, global warming prediction, and other non-weapons research.

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