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Mexico inaugurates Latam’s second supercomputer by size and speed

Saturday, January 28th 2012 - 10:02 UTC
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The “serpent of fire” can process 24.9 trillion operations per second The “serpent of fire” can process 24.9 trillion operations per second

Mexican scientists inaugurated Latin America's No. 2 supercomputer by size and speed, with the ability to process 24.9 trillion operations per second, authorities said.

The computer, along with others at two major Mexican universities, is part of the new high-performance network Lancad, said the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies, Cinvestav in a communiqué.

Cinvestav chief Rene Asomoza explained that the Lancad project will generate physical infrastructure that will improve Mexico's competitive position in the world.

Besides benefiting the academic sector, the computer also will support government and the private sector, said Asomoza, who made a call to take advantage of its enormous technological capabilities to develop high-impact social and economic projects.

The government can accommodate “critical applications that require a high level of storage and security” or push for education and distance-learning, while the private sector can develop “modelling applications and simulation of processes or the development of tools and teams”, he said.

The official said that the computer, dubbed Xiuhcoatl (“serpent of fire”), will allow the processing of information to solve problems in health care, climate change and security, among many others areas.

For example, using the computer a pharmaceutical firm can undertake simulations of new medications, aerospace simulations can be carried out and scientists can work with new proteins, he said.

The supercomputer, the largest in the region after a machine in Brazil, required an investment of some 1.3 million dollars.

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  • MistyThink

    This article says :

    Mexico inaugurates Latam's second supercomputer by size and speed....

    I say :

    Only by our strict adherence to this type of disciplined researchs could we begin to see the - threads-- that have woven this matrix we call life and begin to understand in its full totality where we were ,where we are now,and where we headed..!.........

    Jan 28th, 2012 - 10:47 am 0
  • ChrisR

    And I say what are you on?

    All Mexico has to do now is to get rid of the drug cartels to become a real force in the Americas.

    Given the corruption endemic in the policia and government that will never happen. They will always be a backward country just like Argentina.

    Jan 28th, 2012 - 04:28 pm 0
  • lsolde

    Poor Mexico,
    So far from God,
    So close to the USA.

    Jan 28th, 2012 - 09:22 pm 0
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