China Claims World’s Fastest Supercomputer, 40% Faster

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China has a new #1 it will soon be able to claim, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Located in the city of Tianjin, the supercomputer is modestly named Tianhe-1, which means Milky Way 1, according to a report from the AFP, and it calculates 2.507 petaflops (a thousand trillion calculations per second), making it some 40% faster than the previous world’s fastest supercomputer, Jaguar, a Cray XT5 supercomputer that is located in Oakridge National Laboratories, in Oakridge Tennessee.

Designed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, Tianhe-1 is comprised of 7,168 Tesla graphics chips from Nvidia and 14,336 central processing units designed by Intel, according to CRN. In 2009, Tianhe-1 reached 500 trillion calculations per second (half a petaflop).

Tianhe-1 is currently listed as #1 in a listing maintained by the University of Tennessee, but the list isn’t officially closed until November 1st. With a 40% speed improvement over #2, however, it isn’t likely that any other computer is going to come out of the woodwork to displace Tianhe-1.

Various officials attached to the supercomputer in China have said the device could be used in the animation industry, as well as for bio-medical research. In the meanwhile, the Tianjin Meteorological Bureau and the National Offshore Oil Corporation have already begun trials using the supercomputer.

To recap, the world’s fastest supercomputer that was designed by the Chinese military will be used to make cartoons, design drugs, figure out weather patterns, and look for oil.

In a (hyphenated) word, uh-huh.

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Part of Tianhe-1

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

MacKeeper_fan_Mod

Progress doesn’t stay on one place and China tries to do its best for being at the head of all the world. They try to outrun USA in all possible areas of computer technologies. This supercomputer - is the best proof of its great success in computer building.

Tiger

So, how many of their own citizens are getting sick from fumes and chemicals released during its production? Oh way, my bad. That’s just units shipped to the US.

xmattingly

File this under “big whoop”. China will have some bragging rights for a while, but as I recall the crown of “world’s fastest computer” gets bounced around relatively often, and all over the world. I believe the US has had more than a fair share of claims to this one.

I’m sure most Apple followers remember that G5 cluster at Virginia Tech that held the title for a while. smile

b0wz3r

Why should we believe ANYTHING the Chinese say?  Given their labeling of the Dalai Lama as a “terrorist” (yes, their government has actually listed him as a terrorist), and how they have been implicated in the recent hacking of the Nobel Peace Prize website, the way they are treating reformers and political activists, they’ve proven their government is a pile of steaming $hitbags. 

I see no reason here to believe they’re not also lying about this as a way to try and make themselves look better and draw attention away from their abominable human rights violations and their complete disregard and disrespect for the environment and the health and safety of their citizens.

ctopher

I wonder if they’ll publish the framerate their getting with Call of Duty 4.

Mikuro

I?m sure most Apple followers remember that G5 cluster at Virginia Tech that held the title for a while.

It was fairly high on the list, but it never took the top spot. I think it may have been the fastest cluster made of off-the-shelf PCs, but not the fastest supercomputer.

xmattingly

It was fairly high on the list, but it never took the top spot. I think it may have been the fastest cluster made of off-the-shelf PCs, but not the fastest supercomputer.

You’re probably right; I’d have to look it up again to see what its status was. Seems like it was #1 at something; perhaps the fastest server cluster at a university on the planet. Or something like that.

Either way IMO, that was one of a handful of things that gave Apple a huge PR boost when they were coming back up in the middle of the decade.

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