China has recently built the fastest supercomputer in the world. According to the newly released list of the Top 500 fastest computer in the world, China is leading the list. China had created the 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight which is installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi
According to the reports, the supercomputer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. The China’s Taihulight is three times faster than the previous leader Tianhe-2 and the awesome part is Tianhe-2 is also from China.
Sunway TaihuLight, with 10,649,600 computing cores comprising 40,960 nodes, is twice as fast and three times as efficient as Tianhe-2, which posted a LINPACK performance of 33.86 petaflop/s. The peak power consumption under load (running the HPL benchmark) is at 15.37 MW, or 6 Gflops/Watt. It runs on a Linux-based operating system.
Top500 Said “Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on the list, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing,”
University of Southampton’s Professor Les Carr said “As a computer scientist it’s difficult writing software that can take advantage of and control large numbers of computer cores, They are like extremely high-spec Grand Prix racing cars – they are fantastic for racing on circuits but they’re not great for traveling from London to Edinburgh”
The evolution of supercomputing in China has been exponential. Top500 list did not have any Chinese system in 2001. In the list presented today by Top500, China has 167 systems, the US has 165, Japan has 29 systems, Germany was in fourth place with 26 systems, France was next with 18, followed by Britain with 12.