Report says Iran has built a supercomputer

Custom built machine using domestic algorithms promises to make intel gathering harder than before.

By JONATHAN BECK
December 25, 2007 20:54
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Iran has successfully built a supercomputer, Channel 2 reported Tuesday evening. While there is an international embargo on supplying the Islamic Republic with processor chips of the type required to build such a device, the Iranians have managed to get their hands on super-strength CPUs manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, the company currently tailing global giant Intel in the international market, the report said. The assumption is that Iran managed to buy the AMD chips from a middleman in one of the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, perhaps the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain. A system analyst interviewed by Channel 2 said a supercomputer could help Iran analyze information extremely quickly and use sophisticated encrypting software which requires high-processing power only available from such a machine. The Iranian supercomputer is expected to make the job of intelligence communities worldwide much harder and the custom-written encryption algorithms might slow them down critically in crucial times. While the Iranian supercomputer is estimated to be far weaker than similar devices used by Western countries, the significance of Teheran's technological achievement is that it could significantly delay the task of retrieving intelligence on military actions such as trajectories or targets of Iranian missiles. Iran previously owned encrypting software sold to it by Switzerland, but the US managed to hack into the Swiss software. Consequently, the regime decided to invest in a domestic encryption program.

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