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Report: Rick Perry plans to leave Trump administration

 U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Photo: Getty Images

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is preparing to leave his post in the Trump administration and he's finalizing the terms of his departure, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday, citing 2 people familiar with the plans.

Details: The former Texas governor's exit wasn't imminent and he still hadn't made up his mind, but he'd been seriously considering quitting for weeks, according to Bloomberg News. In a statement provided to Axios and other outlets, Department of Energy spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes denied the report. "He is happy where he is serving President Trump and leading the Department of Energy," she said.

Meet Aurora, soon to be the first "exascale" supercomputer in the U.S.

The Titan Supercomputer is one of the fastest systems in the world.
The TITAN supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, currently one of the most powerful such systems worldwide. Photo: DOE

The Energy Department, Intel and subcontractor Cray Inc. announced Monday an agreement worth "more than $500 million" to provide Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois with the country's first "exascale" computer system.

Why it matters: When it begins operating in 2021, the new system, to be called Aurora, will be the most powerful supercomputer in the U.S. — more than five times faster than the current leader, which is the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.