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Russian supercomputer producer blacklisted by US

0 3 April 2013

T platformsT-Platforms, a Russian producer of supercomputers, has been added to the US Department of Commerce’s “list of organisations and individuals acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. 

This not only means that the company is now banned from acquiring electronic components produced in the US, but also from buying chips produced anywhere in the world if the factories producing them use American technology. Or, as Vsevolod Opanasenko, the company’s co-founder more colorfully explains: “We can’t make sunflower oil from any field that has been sprayed by American fertilizer”. According to Valerii Fadeev, chief editor of Russian news group “Ekspert”, this effectively amounts to a ban on production. 

The decision to blacklist T-Platforms was based on US concerns that the company’s work includes the development of computer systems for military end-users, and the production of computers for nuclear research, while they also accuse the company of shipping products without the required licenses. 

This comes as a significant blow to the company, which can boast some noteworthy achievements. It produced the “Lomonosov” supercomputer for Moscow State University, which was ranked the world’s 26th fastest supercomputer in November 2012, and it also staved off competition from Dell and HP to secure the tender to install a new supercomputer at New York State University in October last year.

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