China Has World's Fastes Supercomputer – U.S. components, Chinese software

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 16, 2011

Follow up to President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Releases Report on Networking and Information Technology, news [via singularity Hub] that “China revealed that they have developed the world’s fastest supercomputer at their National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin. Known as the Tianhe-1A, the machine is capable of a remarkable 2.5 petaflops. That’s 2.5 thousand trillion floating point operations per second. Impressive to say the least and more than 40% faster than Jaguar, the current leading supercomputer in the US (according to Top500.org). Tianhe-1A follows a new kind of architecture, relying as much on graphics cards (from Nvidia) as it does on traditional CPUs (from Intel). While the major processing components of the Chinese supercomputer are all from the United States, the software and hardware that allows those chips to talk to each other efficiently was developed in China.”

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