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China: Our supercomputer is faster than yours!

A leading Chinese research center has built the world's fastest supercomputer, an industry announcement said Thursday, underscoring the country's rise as a science and technology powerhouse.

The Tianhe-1A machine housed at the National Center for Supercomputing in the northern port city of Tianjin is capable of sustained computing of 2.507 petaflops, the equivalent of 2,507 trillion calculations, per second.

Put another way, the computer has 1.4 times the horsepower of the United States' speediest computer, according to Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist. Dongarra maintains the official records of U.S. supercomputer rankings, with the U.S.' top machine at a national lab in Tennessee.

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