New National Iranian Super Computer (Photos)

The supercomputers were unveiled via video conferencing in Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), and Esfahan University of Technology, IRNA reported Wednesday.

During the ceremony, President Ahmadinejad encouraged Iranian scientists and researchers to develop evermore self-belief, saying Iran must become “a scientific and technological reference for the world.”

The Iranian chief executive also pointed out that Iran managed to become one of the world’s ten countries that design and manufacture supercomputers in a short time.

Amirkabir University’s supercomputer has a power of 34,000 billion operations per second, and a speed of 40 gigabytes.

The project was carried out by a group of 20 Iranian researchers from the faculties of electricity and computer.

The other supercomputer project carried out by Esfahan University of Technology is among the world’s top 500 supercomputers.

Iran’s first supercomputer was introduced about nine years ago with a power of 860 billion operations per second by AUT.

Supercomputers are computers that are at the frontline of current processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation. They are used for highly calculation-intensive tasks such as problems involving quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research, molecular modeling, physical simulations (such as simulation of airplanes in wind tunnels, etc.), and nuclear research.

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