China claims supercomputer crown

China has claimed the top spot on the list of the world’s supercomputers.

The title has gone to China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer that is capable of carrying out more than 2.5 thousand trillion calculations a second.

To reach such high speeds the machine draws on more than 7,000 graphics processors and 14,000 Intel chips.

The claim to be the fastest machine on the planet has been ratified by the Top 500 Organisation which maintains a list of the most powerful machines.

China’s Tianhe-1A (Milky Way) has taken over the top spot from America’s XT5 Jaguar at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee that can carry out only 1.75 petaflops per second. One petaflop is the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

The news about the machine broke just before the publication of the biennial Top 500 Supercomputer list which ranks the world’s most powerful machines.

Prof Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, one of the computer scientists who helps to compile the list, said China’s claim was legitimate.

“This is all true,” he told BBC News. “I was in China last week and talked with the designers, saw the system, and verified the results.”

He added: “I would say it’s 47% faster than the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s machine, 1.7 Pflops (ORNL system) to 2.5 Pflops (Chinese system).”


damnit..gazumped again by the chinese 🙂

well they have the most nerds so it sits well with them 🙂


~ by seeker401 on November 6, 2010.

5 Responses to “China claims supercomputer crown”

  1. I smell another technology transfer. First Bill Clinton and then Bill Gates, in my humble opinion.

    . Opened in 1995, the Microsoft China R&D Center in Beijing

    . The MSR Asia research facility opened in Beijing in 1998

    . In 1999, they helped start the IT Training for Laid-off Workers program

    In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries.

    2003 – BEIJING, Feb. 28, 2003. Bill Gates met Chinese President Jiang Zemin announced the Chinese government’s participation in Microsoft’s Government Security Program, which provides national governments with access to Windows source code and technical information they need to be confident in the security of the Windows platform.

    • 2004 – Bill Gates’ charity wins $100 million China

    • 2004 – Beijing. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., addresses the opening ceremony of China International Service Industries Convention & Expo in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 30, 2004.

    Lots of info here

  2. They will be looking for anti-China attitudes as a forerunner to their outward military movement.
    Its good to know who you have to round up in a country your going to invade:)

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