Japan plans world’s fastest supercomputer

Japan will build the world’s most advanced supercomputer, in an attempt to regain its standing as a leading technology superpower. The country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5bn yen (£139m) on a machine capable of making 130 quadrillion calculations per second, or 130 petaflops (a measure of computing processing speed). This is around 2.6 million times faster than a standard computer. The current fastest supercomputer is the Sunway TaihuLight, which achieves 93 petaflops per second, and is based in China. These gigantic machines are used to calculate molecular dynamics in warfare, predict weather and oceanic activity and other intensive tasks including quantum mechanics. The Colossus computer was the first of its kind, which helped codebreakers based at Bletchley Park to crack German codes during the Second World War. (Photo: Getty) Japan…

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