Florida Fastest computer

GAINESVILLE – Florida’s fastest supercomputer can process every federal income tax return in the country in less than a second.

The University of Florida says the Dell-built “HiPerGator 2.0” is ranked as the most powerful in the Southeastern U.S. and No. 114 worldwide.

The school says the machine can store 20 billion photographs, or twice the amount currently stored on Facebook worldwide.

But rather than store “selfies,” UF says it is using the computer’s power to fuel new and innovative research.

UF’s vice president for research David Norton says HiPerGator will be used to help scientists tackle complex problems like climate change, poverty and disease.

Ph.D. candidate Caroline Storer, who studies forests and conservation, says the computer allows her to analyze one to 1 million DNA sequences easily.