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Oak Ridge to get new supercomputer

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Entrance to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Entrance to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, TN. (AP) - Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputer is among the fastest on the planet. It's getting a new one that's even faster.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1sQFSw4) reports ORNL has signed a contract with IBM for the next-generation supercomputer that will be at least five times faster than the lab's existing system, which is considered to be the second-fastest in the world.

Officials say the new computer - to be called Summit - is expected to be online in 2017 and will be used for a wide range of scientific applications, including combustion science, climate change, energy storage and nuclear power.

Oak Ridge's is one of two hybrid supercomputers IBM will be building for the Energy Department. The other one will be at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories in California.

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