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Obama Signs Order for World's Fastest Computer


President Obama signed an executive order this week to announce the US Initiative for building the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025, BBC reported.

The supercomputer would be 20 times quicker than the current leading machine, China's Tianhe-2, which became the fastest supercomputer in the world in 2013.

The Tianhe-2 performs at 33.86 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second), almost twice as fast as the second-quickest American supercomputer.

The National Strategic Computing Initiative has ninety days from the date of the order to create an implementation plan for the supercomputer. The group is expected to update the plan with their progress report every year for the next five years, CNN Money reported.

The supercomputer will be adept at performing complex simulations such as making one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second and will aid scientific research.

The machine may also help analyze weather data to predict more accurate weather forecast, analyze X-ray images for cancer diagnosis and could also help NASA to help develop more streamlined aircrafts. 

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