This Japanese Monster Makes Supers Look Slow

Just four months after opening its first direct sales office in the U.S. supercomputer market, Fujitsu Ltd. has begun describing to scientists what it says will be one of the most powerful computers ever. The Japanese giant says that later this year it will unveil a so-called massively parallel supercomputer theoretically capable of burning through more than 300 billion program instructions per second. That's far faster than most supercomputers today. Another noteworthy number: its high price. Market watchers reckon the brute will cost $90 million or more.

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