SAROV: Russia’s Security Council will discuss a series of projects on the development of supercomputers to test the effectiveness of the country’s nuclear deterrent, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
“Under the global ban on nuclear tests, we can only use computer-assisted simulations to ensure the reliability of Russia’s nuclear deterrent,” Medvedev said at a meeting of a commission on the modernization of Russian economy.
“Therefore, the most powerful supercomputers will be placed in federal nuclear centers,” he said.
Medvedev said the All-Russia Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, where the meeting took place, will develop by 2011 a computer capable of simultaneously conducting one quadrillion operations.
“We have allocated the necessary sum of over 2.5 billion rubles [about $80 mln], which is no small sum of money, and we are planning to develop this direction along with technological advancements in computer sciences,” the president said.