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Fujitsu Ltd is claiming to have leapfrogged the competition with its new VP2000 generation of IBM-compatible scientific supercomputers, saying that the machines offer peak uniprocessor performance of 4GFLOPS, more than twice the speed of the current generation. They are also claimed to use the world’s fastest 1M bit static random access memory chips. The VP2000s run Fujitsu’s MSP rewrite of IBM’s MVS/XA, and Unix is also supported. And, addressing the problem of dearth of applications, which has limited sales of the existing machines outside Japan, the company now claims 260 packages, and has set up development centres in the US and Japan to develop or convert many more. No price or delivery, but the VP2000s are likely to be marketed by Amdahl Corp internati onally, and Siemens AG in Europe.

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