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China builds world's fastest supercomputer

Posted on Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A university in central China has developed a computer twice as fast as its next nearest rival.

Named "Tianhe-2" ( Milky Way-2 ) the supercomputer was designed by the National University of Defence Technology in Changsha. Capable of sustained computing at 33.86 petaflops per second, the machine has topped the global TOP500 listing as the fastest supercomputer in the world. The US Energy Department’s Titan machine comes in second with the previous record of 17.59 petaflops per second.

"Most of the features of the system were developed in China, and they are only using Intel for the main computer part," said TOP500 editor Jack Dongarra who toured the Tianhe-2 development facility. "That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese."

"China is easily dismissed as a laggard when it comes to innovation, but now a university in central China has come up with the world’s fastest supercomputer, which is more than twice as fast as its nearest rival."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 25 June, 2013, 12:46
So China is building new supercomputers, Russia new manned space vehicles and what is America doing? Playing "Keystone Cops" with a runaway "spy". My head aches.......
Comment icon #2 Posted by WoIverine on 25 June, 2013, 13:57
Accidental double post.
Comment icon #3 Posted by WoIverine on 25 June, 2013, 13:58
Yes, but is it faster than this one? [left]The USA might already be on the brink of quantum.[/left]
Comment icon #4 Posted by kannin on 25 June, 2013, 16:29
holy wacky batman thats fast
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 25 June, 2013, 19:16
Huh. Well, more power to them. Oh wait, that could be taken out of context. In any event, having read the article, it's nice that their experts seem to recognize Intel processors as an integral part of their supercomputers. I sure do like "inovation competition" like this. I presume it will encourage other countries such as the US and Japan, to raise the bar even higher. Perhaps when the petaflops are high enough, we will find a solution to many issues in medicine, environmental concerns, science in general, etc...
Comment icon #6 Posted by NiteMarcher on 25 June, 2013, 19:25
And the latest on the "runaway spy" is...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew on 25 June, 2013, 20:15
I hope so, I hate to see the U.S. sink into technological irrelevancy.
Comment icon #8 Posted by sepulchrave on 25 June, 2013, 23:28
For one thing, D-Wave is a Canadian company. And technically their machine is a ``quantum calculator'', not a ``quantum computer''.
Comment icon #9 Posted by WoIverine on 26 June, 2013, 2:15
Hmm, apples, oranges.
Comment icon #10 Posted by jpjoe on 26 June, 2013, 2:38
No chinese product will ever impress me.

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