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Supercomputers: Going Nuclear

The government of the United States has refused Intel their license application to export tens of thousands of processors to China to support the upgrade of the Tianhe-2 supercomputer.

The United States has put a ban in place in exports to China's National University of Defence Technology, the Guangzhou Supercomputer Centre, the Tianjin Centre and the Changsha National Supercomputing Centre.

The reasons behind the US government bans is the belief that China was using the supercomputer for “nuclear explosive activities”.  As this goes against the interests of national security or foreign policy interests of the United States the ban was put into place.

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