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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Hardware |

China has the world’s fastest supercomputer

China has the world's fastest supercomputer

TOP500 Supercomputers , a project that lives up to its name and is dedicated to rank the world’s fastest announced that a new member has reached the highest position. This is the Tianhe-2, a developed by University of Defense Technology of China, which recorded a yield of up to 33.83 petaFLOPS. In Spanish this translates to you can make 1,000,000,000,000,000 floating point operations per second.

Successor to the , the model returns to to the highest position in the list after two years of absence. The has 16,000 nodes, each with two Intel Xeon processors Ivy Bridge Xeon processors and three Phi, which combined give a total of 3,120,000 cores. The Tianhe-2 is located at the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzho, China later this year.

The team moved into second place on the Titan , a supercomputer of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA), although it is the most efficient in terms of energy consumption falls by half in calculating operations floating point per second.

As a curiosity, the Tianhe-2 uses Intel Xeon Phi as accelerators, while the Titan has chosen NVIDIA GPUs. In terms of geography, the United States still has the lead with 252 supercomputers, followed by China with 66, Japan with 30, United Kingdom 29. France with 23 and Germany with 19.

Link: China’s Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Takes No. 1 Ranking on 41st TOP500 List (via Ars Technica )

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