UK pledges £900 million towards exascale supercomputer

Will boost country's AI competitiveness versus US and China

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Exascale computers can perform one quintillion (a billion, billion) operations per second. Only one, in the USA, is currently known to exist
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Exascale computers can perform one quintillion (a billion, billion) operations per second. Only one, in the USA, is currently known to exist

The UK government has allocated £900 million towards the creation of a new supercomputer, in an effort to bolster the competitiveness of UK developers in the global market.

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, revealed the news in the Budget on Wednesday, announcing funds for constructing an exascale supercomputer - several times more powerful than the largest computers in t...

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