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.