Computers that can perform a quintillion calculations per second are being planned by the U.S. military.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has awarded the first grants to firms it wants to build so-called exascale computers.
These will be far more powerful than current top supercomputers which manage just over one petaflop—1,000 trilliion calculations per second.
Darpa expects the first prototypes to be working by 2018.
An exaflop is the equivalent of one million trillion calculations per second.
Darpa said its research project was needed to help analyse the tidal wave of data that military systems and sensors are expected to produce.
From BBC News
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