China builds world’s most powerful computer

China builds world's most powerful computer

A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world’s most powerful machines.

The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi.

At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second.

It is twice as fast and three times as efficient as the previous leader Tianhe-2, also from China, said Top500 which released the new list on Monday.

At peak load, the Sunway TaihuLight can perform some 93,000 trillion calculations per second.

This new achievement is especially meaningful for China because it is the first time that the country has built a supercomputer with fully local components.

Past Chinese supercomputers such as the Tianhe-2 used components from foreign vendors such as American chip giant, Intel, whose Xeon CPU’s provided much of the grunt in the Tianhe-2.

Sunway TaihuLight will be used for various engineering and research projects in such fields as climate studies, life science research and data analytics.

Its main applications include advanced manufacturing, weather forecasting and big data analytics, wrote Jack Dongarra in a paper about the new machine.

Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer

It has more than 10.5 million locally-made processing cores and 40,960 nodes and runs on a Linux-based operating system.

For the first time since the list began, China has overtaken the US with 167 computers in the top 500 while the US has 165.

 

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