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Iran claims two new supercomputers

IDG News Service | March 27, 2011
Iran's government is claiming that it has developed two new supercomputers powerful enough to earn rankings on the Top500 list of the world's most powerful systems.

Iran's nuclear capabilities and many of its computers were hurt by the Stuxnet worm, which damaged its nuclear refining capabilities.

The Iranian system won't get attention for speed at 89 teraflops. One teraflop equals one trillion floating point operations per second. The fastest computers in the world now exceed one petaflop, or a thousand trillion floating point operations per second.

If Iran wants its systems considered for listing on the Top500 list, it will have to run the High-Performance Linpack Benchmark, and submit the results to the list. It has not submitted anything to the list, according to a list official.

Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com .

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