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Ohio base debuts 'supercomputer'

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says a "supercomputer" up and running at a base near Dayton is the most powerful in the entire Department of Defense.

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base introduced the computer Monday inside a new Information Technology Complex. It has the capacity to calculate 1,500 trillion calculations every second — making it the seventh most powerful computer in the U.S. and 14th in the world.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1bZeciK ) reports that the computer will simulate experiments or research too costly or too environmentally dangerous to replicate in the real world. Some 2,000 Department of Defense users across the world will have access to the U.S.-made computer.

Researchers from every branch of the military and other federal agencies will put it to use.

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