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> It is normally connected with a high speed interconnect though (100 Gbit/sec and more) what is its most defining capability.

That's his point. The high speed interconnect, the defining capability of the modern super computer, is unnecessary to solve the problem they are using a super computer to solve.

They could have equally well used BOINC or some other distributed, loosely coupled technology for this.

I agree with you regarding "it's available." It sounds like a press person got ahold of it and stopped paying attention once they saw the word "supercomputer".

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