Commentary: Supercomputers: This Time, Japan Is Right

It's a familiar drill for any government-funded research center shopping for a new supercomputer: spend a year or two putting the world's fastest machines from all over the world through their paces. If a U.S. supercomputer maker such as Cray Research Inc. comes out on top, the deal is done. If a Japanese company wins, Cray and its friends in Washington raise economic or national security concerns.

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