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China builds its fastest supercomputer

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The National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled China's fastest supercomputer, Xinhua has reported.

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) -- The National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled China's fastest supercomputer, Xinhua has reported.

The supercomputer, named Tianhe (Milky Way), can do more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second (one petaflop) at peak speed.

NUDT president Zhang Yulin said the 155-ton system was expected to be used to process seismic data for oil exploration, perform bio-medical computing, and help design aerospace vehicles.

The machine would have ranked fourth in the most recent Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, state media said.

The $88-million project was co-financed by China's national high-technology research and development program and the Binhai New Area, a major economic development zone in the northern port city of Tianjin.

 

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