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United States to attempt to dethrone China with world’s fastest supercomputer

China has the world’s fastest supercomputer in 2015, but in 10 years it might not be able to say the same. On July 29, President Obama signed an executive order calling for the U.S. to build the world’s fastest computer by the year 2025. The supercomputer would be 20 times quicker than the current leading machine, which is  the Tianhe-2 in China’s National Computer Center located in Guangzhou.

This new supercomputer would be capable of making one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second, also known as one exaflop. The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is a collaborative strategy to research and build the computer.

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Reminder: Watson supercomputer on Jeopardy! at 5 p.m.

A live broadcast of Watson, the IBM supercomputer, as it competes on the Jeopardy! game show will be the focus of a “man vs. machine” watch party 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the K-State Student Union Courtyard (adjacent to Salsarita’s). To register for the event (pizza and prizes), e-mail pthomas@proactivesolutions.com and type “WATSON RSVP” in the subject line.

“What makes Watson really unique is the way it processes language,” said a Jan. 13 article on singularityhub.com. It reported Watson is a part of IBM’s DeepQA project, which was developed to provide human-like answers to human-asked questions.