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Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop
October 8, 2009
The National Institute for Computational Sciences' Cray XT5 supercomputer--Kraken--has been upgraded to become the first academic system to surpass a thousand trillion calculations a second, or one petaflop, a landmark achievement that will greatly accelerate science and place Kraken among the top five computers in the world.
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