Japan's NEC to Develop World's Most Powerful Computer

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

NEC Corp. said Tuesday it would develop the world's most powerful computer for Japan's space research project. 

The "Earth Simulator" computer had been ordered by a research center jointly operated by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and other natural science research institutes, NEC said in a statement.  

"The Earth Simulator project is designed to enable environmental research through analysis and simulation of the global environment through the realization of a 'virtual planet earth'," the Japanese firm said. 

The computer, capable of "accurate modeling of geophysical, climate and weather-related phenomena," would be built by March 2002, it said. 

The new computer would have a capacity to perform 40 trillion operations per second, NEC said -- TOKYO (AFP) 


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