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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What is the Japanese word for 10,000,000 billion?

TOKYO — Japanese computer geeks are celebrating a comeback after a Fujitsu-built supercomputer set a world speed record — beating the reigning Chinese machine and giving Japan the most powerful computer for the first time in seven years.

The Fujitsu “K” — a play on the Japanese word for 10,000,000 bn, the number of operations per second it is designed to perform — topped the semiannual ranking announced Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg.

“This is proof that our nation’s technology sector is still healthy,” said Ryoji Noyori, project director at Riken, a government-funded research institute that collaborated with Fujitsu. “We have to aim for [the] top spot.”

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