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Fujitsu 'Venus' Claims World's Fastest Processor Title, But It's Not For You

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Fujitsu opened this year's Fujitsu Forum conference by kicking Intel squarely in the groin, debuting a new processor that's 2.5 times faster than anything the CPU giant has on offer, and one third as power-hungry.

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Called the SPARC64 VIIIfx (sexy codename: "Venus"), this eight-cored slab of processor can crunch a staggering 128 gigaflops. This is amazing, but irrelevant to most of us—in case you haven't already guessed from the processor's size and Fujitsu's proud emphasis on its floating point calculation abilities, the Venus is destined to be clustered in supercomputers when it eventually ships, not plugged into your next custom PC build. [Impress Watch via The Inquirer]

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We'll probably be getting some of these in the next year or two. We use a few of Sun's larger systems.

Kudos for properly saying 1/3 as power hungry rather than 3 times less power hungry. It's always nice when words are ordered in such a way that they make sense.