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These are the world's most powerful supercomputers

This is how these machines work, and why they're important.
Titan supercomputer

The Titan supercomputer is the fifth-fastest machine in the world.

Oak Ridge National Lab

Twice a year, an organization called the TOP500 publishes a list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It is a ranking of the most powerful machines in the world—mammoth installations with names like Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2. Those are both Chinese computers, and the former is the world’s fastest. The most came out on Monday, and

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