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United States has the fastest computer in the world. Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Titan has 560,640 processors, including 261,632 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores.

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Global Competitiveness

The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)  is a global study on the basis of which ranking of countries in terms of economic competitiveness in the world is formed. The World Economic Forum defines competitiveness as the ability of the country and its institutions to ensure stable economic growth, which would be stable in the medium term. GCI is determined by numerous and very diverse factors which were divided into three subindexes: Basic requirements, Efficiency enhancers, Innovation and sophistication factors. The index is composed of 12 pillars of competitiveness. They are Institutions, Infrastructure, Macroeconomic Stability, Health and...

Global Petrol Prices, April 2017

All world countries have an access to the same petroleum prices as on international markets. However, countries' governments decide to impose different taxes according to their economic policies. As a result, the retail prices of gasoline differ considerably across countries. Explore global petrol prices as for May 2016 on the charts and a map below and see how low gasoline can cost in producing countries in South America and the Middle East in contrast with the other world. In some cases, like in Venezuela, the government even subsidizes gasoline and therefore people over there pay close to nothing to drive their cars.

Democracy Index 2015

"Almost one-half of the world’s countries can be considered to be democracies, but, in our index, the number of “full democracies” is low, at only 20 countries; 59 countries are rated as “flawed democracies”. Of the remaining 88 countries in our index, 51 are “authoritarian” and 37 are considered to be “hybrid regimes”. As could be expected, the developed OECD countries dominate among “full democracies”; there are two Asian countries, one Latin American country (Uruguay) and one African country (Mauritius), which suggests that level of development is not a binding constraint, but is a constraint, nevertheless. Slightly less than one-half...

Democracy from Central Europe to Eurasia

Today we present the results of democracy development survey conducted in 29 countries of Central Europe and Eurasia by "Freedom House", the organization established in 1941 in the United States and aimed at expansion of democracy across the world, as it is the best way to fight against totalitarian ideologies which still continue to prevail in several states. The ratings presented are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 7 the lowest. The 2013 ratings reflect the period January 1 through December 31, 2012.Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan since 2010 bottom out the list of democracy score...