Jaguar XT5 Supercomputer (Image courtesy of the National Center for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

The Jaguar XT5, owned by the Dept. of Energy was named the fastest computer in the world. It is housed in The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee and is being used to help solve issues on climate change by creating models and simulations for predicting regional climate change, studying enzymes for developing better ethanol and writing algorithms for fast nuclear reactors to produce less waste.

Other important facets of current research being conducted are nuclear security and developing better medicines, among others. These supercomputers allow tons of vital information to be sorted, processed and analyzed instantaneously with a smaller margin of error. Read the full article here

By Maria Belgado