IBM Claims Its Supercomputer Is World’s Fastest

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The Blue Gene/L machine overtaking the Earth Simulator has political as well as technical implications. When the Earth Simulator was introduced in 2002, it stunned the U.S. scientific and political community, which feared that the United States was losing its technological edge. The government set aside money to entice companies such as IBM, Silicon Graphics Inc. and Cray Inc. to develop supercomputers that could run faster than the Earth Simulator.
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