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China’s Supercomputer is The Fastest in the World

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  • 08
  • 2016

This isn’t the first time China has been shown to have the world’s fastest supercomputer. In fact, it is the seventh time. This is especially exciting because this supercomputer was built with only Chinese technology, unlike previous years when it was based on US-made processors.

Winner of this year’s Top500 at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, west of Shanghai, was the Sunway TaihuLight.

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This machine is capable of 93 petaflops, which translates as a quadrillion calculations per second. It is currently being used in engineering, climate, weather, advanced manufacturing, and data analytic fields.

The results from this event challenge the US, who was once the dominant force in the computer field.

China has not only displaced the US from first position, but it has also surpassed the number of supercomputers in the Top500 ranking. The United States made the list with 165 systems and China with 167.

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One of the Top500 organizers stated, “Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on the list, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing.”

On Tuesday, the TaihuLight was presented at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany by Guangwen Yang, director of the Wuxi Center.

As the TaihuLight is powered by Chinese processors, ShenWei, Yang said: “This ends any remaining speculation that China would have to rely on Western technology to compete effectively in the upper echelons of supercomputing.”

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