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Over 300 users for China's fastest supercomputer

(Xinhua)

16:58, March 21, 2012

TIANJIN, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The number of registered users of Tianhe-1A, China's fastest supercomputer, has passed 300, according to the National Supercomputing Center in the northern city of Tianjin.

Companies from the United States, Canada, Singapore and Sweden are among the users, according to a press release issued on Tuesday by the center, where the supercomputer was installed.

It provides outsourcing services for complex work like mine surveying, bioinformatics, large-data animation design, nuclear fusion energy research and also marine environmental engineering.

With a processing speed of 2.57 quadrillion operations per second, Tianhe-1A was ranked fastest in the world in November 2010, but was surpassed by the Japan-developed K Computer last June, according to the Top500 list of the world's most powerful computers.

Tianhe-1A cost 72.3 million U.S. dollars to develop.

The National Supercomputing Center is located in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, a zone established in January 2010 under the approval of China's State Council to focus on environmentally friendly, hi-tech, and energy-saving industries.

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