Japan has announced a new supercomputer, the Fujitsu K, which it says will be capable of doing 10 quadrillion (1 followed by 15 zeros) equations per second. The computer will be used for climate studies and detecting potential disasters. According to reports, this makes it more powerful than the combined capabilities of the next five supercomputers in the world.
It is certainly more powerful than the Tianhe-1A, China’s biggest supercomputer, which was the largest until Japan released the “K.” Coming in at third place is the “Cray Jaguar,” used by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
The fourth and fifth places are disputed, with Wikipedia saying that they are also located in the U.S., but another website, Top 500 Computer Sites, claiming that they are in China (#4) and Japan (#5).
Four of the remaining five in the top 10 are located in the U.S., with the ninth spot occupied by France.