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June 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
In the race to build the fastest computer in the world, America is back on top. On Monday, a super-computer designed by IBM for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), took the first spot on the Top 500 list, a list that comes out twice a year ranking the 500 fastest computers on the planet.  It is the first time the U.S. has topped the list since November 2009.  The winning super-computer is called Sequoia, and it is housed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.  Sequoia will be used to build complex models that let scientists test the nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons without having to do nuclear testing in the real world.  So how fast is the fastest computer in the world?
The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected NEC Corp. of Japan as the primary vendor to supply a multimillion- dollar supercomputer for a Colorado weather research center, NEC said today, marking the first time the U.S. government has purchased such a machine from a Japanese company. The decision came despite intense lobbying by U.S. supercomputer vendor Cray Research Inc.
August 26, 1986 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Facing reluctance from businesses concerned about bottom-line costs, the Cray supercomputer center at UC San Diego has signed contracts with only five industrial firms since it opened amid much hoopla last fall. Despite strong support from corporate scientists, officials at the UCSD facility haven't been able to persuade corporations to include supercomputer center research grants or equipment donations in their capital budgets. But UCSD isn't alone.
November 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Thursday that it has canceled plans to buy a supercomputer because of U.S. government concerns that Japanese bidders illegally offered to sell at unfairly low prices. MIT Provost John Deutch said the school reacted to concerns raised by the Commerce Department, which has accused the Japanese of closing their home market to U.S. supercomputers while "dumping" their own supercomputers in the United States.
March 14, 1988 | From the Washington Post
Scientists at the Sandia National Laboratory announced Sunday that they have developed a supercomputer that can solve complex scientific problems 1,000 times faster than a normal computer, a rate far faster than scientists believed possible.
November 5, 1985 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Larry Smarr, the director of the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications, suggested that corporate America follow George Washington's lead. "When Washington got to the Delaware, he couldn't wait three months for a break in the weather," said Smarr, who has been prodding corporations to look beyond the next fiscal quarter and join in an "historic quantum jump" into the supercomputing world of the 1990s.
March 1, 2001 | Associated Press
NEC Corp. has agreed to settle a long-standing dispute with U.S. rival Cray Inc. that could open the door for the Japanese company to sell its supercomputers in the United States for the first time in four years. The Tokyo-based electronics maker will invest $25 million in Cray, which also makes supercomputers, and will drop a complaint against duties imposed on NEC supercomputer sales in the U.S. in 1997. Cray will distribute NEC supercomputers in North America and ask the U.S.
June 9, 1985
GA Technologies Inc. of San Diego has selected the architecture firm Mosher/Drew/Watson/Ferguson, also San Diego, to design the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the campus of UC San Diego. Designed to give computational resources to academic and nonprofit research institutions, it will be operated by GA Technologies under a contract with the National Science Foundation. The 58,000-square-foot building will be constructed by M. H. Golden Co., San Diego, for a cost of $7.
April 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
Money-losing Control Data Corp. today said it will eliminate its supercomputer business and make other cuts that will cost 3,100 jobs. The computer maker decided it "can't afford to continue product development across such a wide section of products," spokesman Frank Ryan said. The move will result in restructuring charges of $490 million, including $350 million from liquidation of ETA Systems, the subsidiary started in 1983 to compete with Twin Cities rival Cray Research Inc. and other supercomputer makers.
March 8, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
A supercomputer billed as the world's most advanced computer system is to go fully operational Monday at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View. The primary purpose of the computer will be to simulate actual aircraft flight--doing with a computer what historically has been done in a wind tunnel. But the system will also be used for computational chemistry, weather modeling, astrophysics and biological research.
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