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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Source: Irish Times
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