Japan's NEC introduced the SX-9 this week, the world's most powerful and fastest supercomputer.
Just one core is capable of over 102 gigaflops; a single node of 16 CPUs generates up to 1.6 teraflops (trillion operations) while a full cluster of nodes produces 839 teraflops, NEC claims. The SZ-9 is also able to handle especially large data sets with a shared memory of 1TB as well as 128GB per second transfers all processors in the system.
Although faster than previous SX systems, the technology is also considerably smaller and easier to run. NEC expects the supercomputer to be used for large institutions and companies for tasks that can also help the environment, such as modeling weather patterns or engineering nanotechnology.