Not content with being the top of the top 500
with its Earth Simulator, NEC has surpassed itself with its new creation - the SX-8. SX-8 beats Earth Simulator
's 40 teraflops by more than 60% with its totally ass-kicking score of 65 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second).
This is really good news for Japan. Last month, as we reported on
, IBM was able to take the supercomputing crown with its Blue Gene/L system, who's sustained performance actually beat the Earth Simulator. The news of SX-8's performance means that the crown is back in Japanese hands.