China has build a world’s fastest super computer which can perform 93 quadrillions calculations per second and so has claimed the top spot on the list of the world’s most powerful super computers.
Sunway Taihulight is the name of the fastest super computer and has been developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC). It is built using processors designed and made in China. Sunway Taihulight will be used in engineering and research work which includes climate, weather, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and data analytics. This world’s fastest supercomputer will be introduced on Tuesday (June 21st, 2016) at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt.
“It will take 32 years for 7.2 billion people using electronic calculators and two million desktops computers working together for one minute to do the same calculations done by Sunway Taihulight,” said Yang Guangwen, head of the research center.
The new supercomputer installed at the National Super Computing Center in China has displaced Tianhe-2 an Intel based Chinese super computer that has claimed the top spot on the past Top500 lists.
When compared to Tainhe-2, Sunway is three times faster and more efficient performing 33.86 quadrillions of calculations per second.
The inclusion of Sunway into the top500 super computers list has pushed Titan, a Cray X40 super computer installed at the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to third position as it processes just 17.59 quadrillions of calculations per second.
Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Fujitsu’s K computer installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan are at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
With a surge in industrial and research installations registered over the last few years, China leads with 167 systems and the U.S. is second with 165. China also leads the performance category, thanks to the top two systems on the list.
Among developed countries with the most computers on the top 500 list, Germany was in fourth place with 26 systems; France was next with 18, followed by Britain with 12.