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NSF Supercomputer Helps SoCal Prepare for the Big One

April 6, 2009

map showing where earthquake simulation was run Researchers are using the NSF-funded supercomputer known as Kraken--the world's fastest academic supercomputer with a peak performance of more than 607 teraflops, or 607 trillion calculations per second--to simulate earthquakes in California. The effort is helping engineers and decision makers better prepare for future large earthquakes. Full Story

National Institute for Computational Sciences/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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