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23 Jun 03:44Computing

WORLD’S MOST POPULATED COUNTRY NOW HAS THE MOST POWERFUL COMPUTER

WORLD’S MOST POPULATED COUNTRY NOW HAS THE MOST POWERFUL COMPUTER

China has built a new supercomputer which topped the list of most powerful machines in the world. Since the world list of most powerful 500 computers have released, China had 167 computers listed in it for the first time where the US had 165.

The computer is called 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight and installed at Wuxi’s National Supercomputing Centre.

The computer is twice as fast as Tianhe-2, the previous holder of world’s most powerful computer title. Tianhe-2 is from China as well. Now the 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLightcan perform till 93,000 trillion calculations per second at most. It is also three times as efficient as Tianhe-2.

The machine runs on a Linux-based operating system and the main applications include weather forecasting,advanced manufacturing and big data analytics with the help of its 10.5 million processing cores and 40,960 nodes.

When the list started 10 years back, China had only 28 machines listed and none of them were in the top 30. And now only in 10 years’ time, the country has started leading the list. First two positions of the most powerful list of the world now both belong to China when the US has four supercomputers which are in the top 10 after the supercomputers of China. The rest of the top 10 computer positions belong to Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

 



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