U.S. moves to build top supercomputer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is launching a new push to regain the lead in the competition over who has the most powerful computer.

The Energy Department is announcing plans Wednesday to build the world’s fastest civilian computer at a research laboratory in Tennessee with the help of three private computer companies.

The supercomputer to be built at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will have federal grants totaling $50 million over the initial two years. If successful, it will surpass in sustained computing power a machine unveiled in Japan two years ago.

While the United States has nine of the 10 fastest computers in the world, according to Top500 Project, a group that tracks supercomputers, U.S. officials fear that U.S. scientists are losing ground in the critical area of ultrahigh speed computing.


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