“K computer” from Japan is ranked the world’s most powerful supercomputer

By on Jun 21, 2011 in Amazing, Asia, Europe, Technology, United States, World Comments

“K computer”
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K computer”, a Japanese machine under joint development of Fujitsu and RIKEN, earned the top spot in the rankings of the world’s most powerful supercomputers at the 26th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held in Hamburg, Germany, as reported by various international news sites, June 19, 2011.

Reports reveal that “K computer” will undoubtedly be a source of national pride for Japan, at least among computer scientists, who take the race for fastest computers quite seriously.

Jack Dongarra, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, apparently mentioned that “K computer” is three times faster than Tianhe-1A, a supercomputer rival from China, that previously held the top position.

Mr. Dongarra was reportedly quoted saying, “It’s a very impressive machine. It’s a lot more powerful than the other computers and the performance of K is equivalent to linking around one million desktop computers.”

Similar reports claim that “K” is short to the Japanese word “Kei”, which means 10 quadrillion, the ultimate goal for the number of calculations the computer can perform per second.

Top ranking “K computer” supercomputer is Japan‘s first remarkable recognition since 2004. Accordingly, the United States and China are the only other countries to have held the title.

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