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U.S. gov. 20-petaflop supercomputer guns for world’s fastest

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | October 29, 2012 — 13:14 GMT (06:14 PDT)

The U.S. Department for Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is preparing to flip the switch on what could well be the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

Set to go live later today — due to its land-locked location in Tennessee, the scheduled switch-on will likely be largely unaffected by Hurricane Sandy, currently battering ten bells out of the eastern seaboard — the high-performance supercomputer is set to dwarf the speeds by the existing supercomputer, Sequoia, currently the world’s fastest.

Sequoia currently holds the world record as the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the Top500 supercomputer list, reaching a massive 16.32 petaflops. However, the upgraded model is expected to reach a massive 20 petaflops — or 20 quadrillion calculations per second.

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