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    Default [News]Japan Plans World's Fastest Computer

    TOKYO - Japan has plans to start building a supercomputer next year that can operate 73 times faster than the world's fastest supercomputer, the government said Monday.
    The American Blue Gene/L system supercomputer developed by International Business Machine Corp. at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, currently holds the title of the world's fastest. That machine is capable of 136.8 teraflops, or 136.8 trillion calculations per second, according to Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

    Japan wants to develop a supercomputer that can operate at 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion calculations per second, which is 73 times faster than the Blue Gene, an official of the ministry said on condition of anonymity.

    Kyodo News reported that the total amount for the project is estimated between 80 billion and 100 billion yen ($714 million to $893 million) and the ministry will request 10 billion yen ($89 million) for the next fiscal year's budget.

    The ministry official could not confirm the figures, saying it has yet to reach a formal decision on the project, which is expected by the end of August.

    But he said that if the budget for next year is approved, the ministry hopes to complete the next-generation supercomputer sometime in fiscal 2010, which ends in March 2011.

    Japan's Earth Simulator supercomputer, introduced in 2002, had been the world's fastest until 2004, when the IBM's Blue Gene took the title, he said.

    Currently, the Earth Simulator, at a speed of 35.9 teraflops, is ranked fourth after the IBM's two Blue Gene systems and NASA's Columbia system, all in the United States, according to the top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, released at the International Supercomputing Conference held in June in Heidelberg, Germany.

    The Earth Simulator is used to track global sea temperatures, rainfall and crustal movement to predict natural disasters over the next few centuries.

    The ministry wants to use the planned supercomputer for a wider use such as simulating the formation of galaxy and the interactions between a medicine and the human body.
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    Wow....73 times faster than the existing fastest supercomputer is a huge leap. With cable/fios companies planning on offering connections faster than 100mbps by 2006. And technology advancing at such an extremely alarming rate, I wonder if it can ever top out. This planned computer can calculate 10 quadrillion calculations per second(10 petaflops), which is just mind boggling compared to the mere 136 trillion the existing one has.
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    Ohh those asians.

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    LOL that'd be a nice comp :D

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    I think pc's are gonna come to their peak when we either start turning into computers ourselves( have you ever seen a anime called "Ghost in the Shell") or we get little chips in our heads and have lightspeed connections.
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    Nanotechnology... soon, these kinds of computers will be obsolete.
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    lol.. Starcraft would load in 0.00000000001 seconds using those computers..

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    Why would you wanna play SC on a computer like that. I'd wanna play BF2,Doom3, or CS or something on a computer like that.
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    dont forget Far Cry. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by IversonAli3
    80 billion and 100 billion yen ($714 million to $893 million)
    If I did my calculations right, that means for every 1000 Yen = $8.93. Yen isn't worth sh*t.
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    Wonder if it's any faster than my new FX-57?
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    It's really an arduous task, somwhow feeling that its near impossible to calculate the formation of Galaxy. The interactions between a medicine and the human body - could it be cure for breast cancer?
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    O.O.............. Irenes a mod already. holly ****!!!!!!!!! Barely 100 posts and she's a mod. Good job Irene.

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    That'd be funny if they tried to load up Doom3 with it and it said they needed a better graphics caard, so they had to go to best buy and get a new one. lol. Does anyone else picture like 10 little 4 foot tall asians standing in front of a HUGE like 110x130 foot screen with little keyboards playing Halo or SC on this thing?
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    Lol HOLY ****!!! Lol gj Irene...

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    I read an article before that said that within the nest 50 years computers will be able to download a full human brain and essentially provide pseudo-immortality to people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IversonAli3
    I read an article before that said that within the nest 50 years computers will be able to download a full human brain and essentially provide pseudo-immortality to people.
    That's not really as depedant on advances in space or speed as on neuroscience, though.
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    Well youre correct there, but in 50 years im sure they wouldve made very large advances in neuroscience as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HellboundAngel?
    If I did my calculations right, that means for every 1000 Yen = $8.93. Yen isn't worth sh*t.
    The Turkish Lira's smallest coin is 10,000. THAT isn't worth ****.
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