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The EU is spending €1 billion on supercomputers capable of billions of calculations per second—and they’re still not fast enough

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The EU is spending €1 billion ($1.2 billion) to build four massive supercomputers by 2020. They would be capable of up to one hundred quadrillion operations per second—and that’s still not even close to the cutting edge.

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China is already building a machine capable of one quintillion operations per second. It might have that machine—known as an exascale supercomputer—ready by 2020.

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The EU believes that the supercomputers will make European industry more efficient—shortening the time it takes to design and make products and to develop new materials.

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The machines would also be useful to develop encryption technologies, counter cyberattacks, and run nuclear simulations.

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Currently, some European researchers have to send their data to be processed in other countries.

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