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Supercomputing Poised for a Massive Speed Boost


K supercomputer, Japan

Japan's K supercomputer iscurrently tenth-fastest on the Top500 list, but firstby an alternativemeasure.

Credit: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty

At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row upon row of neatly stacked computing units, some 290 kilometres of fibre-optic cable and a cooling system capable of carrying a swimming pool's worth of water. 

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