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NEC Tops IBM for Fastest Supercomputer

April 21, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A new Japanese supercomputer has taken the title of world's fastest away from an American computer, zipping along nearly five times faster than its closest competitor.

The NEC Earth Simulator tops the 2002 list of fastest supercomputers released by a research group led by Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer science professor.

The NEC Earth Simulator works at a speed of 35,600 gigaflops. A gigaflop equals 1 billion mathematical operations per second. The former top-ranked computer, IBM's ASCI White, runs at a speed of 7,226 gigaflops.

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