A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world’s second-fastest machine, surpassing European and Japanese systems and underscoring China’s aggressive commitment to science and technology, reports the New York Times. The Dawning Nebulae, based at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen, China, has achieved a sustained computing speed of 1.27 petaflops—the equivalent of one thousand trillion mathematical operations a second—in the latest semiannual ranking of the world’s fastest 500 computers, which are used for scientific and engineering problems as diverse as climate simulation and automotive design. The Chinese machine is actually now ranked as the world’s fastest...

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