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Destination China – World’s Fastest Supercomputer Revealed

A Chinese supercomputer, Tianhe-2 which was released 2-years ahead of schedule has become the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Tianhe-2 otherwise known as Milky Way-2 in English will be distributed to the National Supercomputer Center in uangzho, China in the 4th quarter of 2013.

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Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflops per second against the Linpack benchmark, which consists of solving a complex system of linear equations. In addition, Tianthe-2 has 16,000 nodes; each of these nodes uses two Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors for a total of 3.12 million computing cores.

“Most of the features of the system were developed in China, and they are only using Intel for the main compute part,” Jack Dongarra, Top500 editor, revealed at the press release announcing the rankings. “That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese.”

The Department of Energy’s Titan which held the top position was knocked down by Tianhe-2 to second spot. Despite this, The Department of Energy still leads in supercomputing efforts in the US, with four of the top 10 and six in the top 25.

In the Top 500 list, U.S dominates with 252 supercomputers and China with 66 systems while Japan has 30 systems.

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