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[NPR] China's Supercomputing Goal -> 60 million dollar computer

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The world's second-fastest supercomputer, the $60 million Tianhe-1A machine, is housed at the National Supercomputer Center, a new, smart, red-brick building in a new district of Tianjin, about 85 miles southeast of Beijing.

The Tianhe-1A looks like a row of cabinets the size of enormous refrigerators, full of computing equipment and little red lights blink madly.

Liu says the machine is equivalent to a quarter-million home computers linked together, while the center's publicity material claims it can do as many calculations in an hour as the entire population of China —1.3 billion people — working non-stop for 340 years.

Edited by mylilpony - 8/2/11 at 6:10pm
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Awesome quote tongue.gif

Anyways, that seems pretty awesome. just skimmed through it.
    
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Im sure theyre doing that too, sort of like a backup.

Raid redundancy?
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Fold on that thing. Cancer will disappear.
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Please stay on topic. This is the only warning I'm giving.
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On topic: Maybe this means China will invest more into technology and research? Definitely they have the money, it'd be interesting to see what they use it for and if more money can come in. A lot of research is being done by US companies and research institution, China could probably stimulate a lot more by becoming a bigger player in IT research.

Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm guessing based off what I know and see normally.
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