A Chinese computer maker has built what it says is China's fastest supercomputer.
Legend Group said its Deepcomp 1800 would rank 24th in speed among the world's supercomputers, surpassed only by equipment made by US or Japanese companies. The company is owned by the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences, and competes aggressively with Dell, IBM and other foreign makers in China's market for desktop computers.
The company's chairman, Liu Chuanzhi, said that Deepcomp 1800 is part of Legend's bid for a spot high among the world's top 500 information technology companies.
It can perform one trillion floating-point operations per second - the industry measure of computer speed. It fills 20 cabinets that cover a 46ft space.
The fastest supercomputer in the world - the Earth Simulator built by NEC of Japan - can perform 35.9 trillion calculations per second.
Legend Group has yet to announce a price tag for the Deepcomp 1800, which it wants to be commercially available to the West.
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