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Supercomputer Leaves Competition—And Users—in the Dust

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Science  05 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6005, pp. 746-747
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6005.746-a

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China's new supercomputer, Tianhe-1A, is also the world's fastest, topping by 47% the current titleholder, the Jaguar XT5 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. But while Chinese officials are hailing the 2.5-petaflops supercomputer as an example of indigenous innovation, some Chinese researchers are troubled by another fact: The number of their colleagues able to tap even a thimbleful of the machine's power is surely minuscule.