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T-Platforms Blacklisted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Over at RusBase, Ben Hopkins writes that Russian supercomputer vendor T-Platforms has been added to the US Department of Commerce’s “list of organizations and individuals acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

In practice this means that, in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations on March 8 for “T-Platforms’ presumption introduced a ban on the export and re-export of processor capacity over 5 GFlops, as well as any goods and products manufactured in the U.S. or to U.S. technology in other countries. For export or re-export “T-Platforms” are required to obtain a license to the Bureau of Industry and Security.

T-Platforms is one of the top supercomputer vendors in Russia, and their “Lomonosov” supercomputer at Moscow State University was ranked #26 on the TOP500 in November 2012. Last October, the company delivered its first U.S. system at New York State University.

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