One Goal: 10 Quadrillion Calculations As Fujitsu, Japan Aim at Supercomputer Lead

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 05/10/2010 21:13

Japan has begun installation of a new supercomputer that aims to be the first machine that can make 10,000 trillion calculations per second.

On an overcast day in western Japan, the "Star Wars" theme song blared as a truck carrying supercomputer hardware pulled out from a Fujitsu Ltd. factory.

Fujitsu workers erupted into cheers as the truck inched forward. Local children unfurled a sign that read: "We aim to be No. 1 in the world."

The hardware was headed last week for Kobe, where installation has begun on a government-funded supercomputer project, aimed at giving Japan the world's fastest computer, the "K Computer." K Computer is a play on the Japanese word "kei" for the number 10 quadrillion (10,000 trillion), which will be the number of calculations per second the machine can handle.
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