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Is the World’s Supercomputing Race Slowing Down?

Robert McMillan of Wired examines the bi-annual Top500 list, which ranks the world’s most powerful computers, to come to the conclusion that the supercomputing wars may be slowing down. The proof? The same computer, the Tihane-2, has topped the list for the third time running.

“Things seem to be slowing down,” says Jack Dongarra, a computer science professor at the University of Tennessee. “You might characterize it as maybe a sign that Moore’s Law is having some issues.” McMillan explains, “Moore’s Law predicts that the number of transistors on a computer microprocessor will double every two years or so, providing regular leaps in computing power.”

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