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NEWS
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.
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BUSINESS
August 26, 1986 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes it takes a supersalesman to sell a supercomputer. While the UC San Diego Supercomputer Center is relying on a team of supercomputer professionals to attract corporate support, another university with a National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer center has enlisted Hal, the scheming supercomputer in Arthur C. Clarke's "2001, a Space Odyssey." "Hal . . .
NEWS
May 18, 1996 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
REAL ESTATE
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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