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The NEC Earth Simulator Becomes The Fastest Supercomputer
The NEC Earth Simulator in Japan, a super computer made up of 640 specialized nodes that are in turn composed of 5,104 NEC processors and 16 GB of shared memory, has jumped ahead of the US ASCI White supercomputer. The system is a high speed parallel vector computer that sets the new computing record at 35,600 gigaflops (35.6 teraflops).
It is as large as four tennis courts and is housed at the Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences where it is used to simulate weather on a global scale to help predict severe weather like typhoons and climatic changes on Earth. It is believed that the Earth Simulator will stand at the top of the list for at least two years.
Posted: 2002-04-22 4:52:50 PM
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