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The Kraken is a Cray XT5 supercomputer to Break Petascale

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News Date: November 22, 2020

The University of Tennessee supercomputer, Kraken, has broken a major barrier to become the worlds first academic supercomputer to enter the petascale, performing more than 1 thousand trillion operations per second, a landmark achievement.
The Kraken Cray XT5 supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) has been upgraded to become the first academic computer in the world to exceed one petaflop of calculation power.
Sources: news.utk.edu, news.softpedia.com

Turkey seeks to become full SCO member

Turkey's Erdogan targets joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization, media reports say.
'Now our next process will be steps towards this end. This is our goal,'
he said in reply to a journalist's question whether Turkey was considering the possibility of becoming a member of the SCO.
Source: reuters.com

China will forgive 23 loans for 17 African nations

China has pledged to forgive 23 interest-free loans for 17 African countries and will also provide food assistance to the struggling nations, China's foreign minister Wang Yi said at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
Mr. Wang also announced to increase imports from Africa, support the greater development of Africa's agricultural and manufacturing sectors, and expand cooperation in emerging industries.
Sources: news.com.au

BRICS to create fairer payment mechanism

BRICS is exploring ideas to create a fairer payment system that reduces dependence on dollars, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor has said.
South Africa is the current BRICS chair.
Source: indiatimes

Biden cited Republicans: Trump is still President

Biden at the 10-year anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial:
It's something like 20 percent of the Re- or half the Republicans - the registered Republicans: I am not your President; Donald Trump is still your President. As we Catholics say, "Oh, my God."
Sources: twitter.com ,www.dailymail.co.uk

Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

Trump signs social media executive order that calls for removal of liability protections over censoring.
The executive order calls for new regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make it so that social media companies that engage in censoring any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield, the president said.
Source:whitehouse.gov

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