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staff worker checking Tianhe-1A

A staff worker checks the operation of Tianhe-1A at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China.

Credit: Yue Yuewei / Xinhua News

Researcher Wang Litao was studying the damage Xiluodu Dam could withstand in an earthquake, and had waited a month for the outcome of his team's complex simulations. But after entering his equation into Tianhe-1A, his results took just one hour.

Using the fastest supercomputer in the world, experts like Wang at the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) can help ensure the hydroelectric dam is stronger and safer for the millions who live along Jinsha River. "The process has been shortened significantly allowing us to offer and analyze more solutions in the same amount of time," says Wang. "We can offer solutions faster to improve safety."

The dam is one of thousands of projects that will benefit from Tianhe-1A, from research in geology, meteorology and medicine, to commercial design, construction and manufacturing. Developed by the National University of Defense Technology, Tianhe-1A is also a boon for big business.

From Xinhua News Agency
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