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China’s Sunway TaihuLight declared world’s fastest supercomputer

Jun 21, 2016 15:37 IST

super computerChinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight with 93 petaflop/second speed was on 20 June 2016 declared as the world’s fastest supercomputer. It was revealed in the TOP500 list of supercomputers released at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany.

The list further revealed that the USA is not home to the largest number of systems. With a surge in industrial and research installations registered over the last few years, China leads with 167 systems and the USA is second with 165.

Asian share of 218 systems, up from 173 in November 2015, includes 8 supercomputers owned by Indian-based organizations.

Features of Sunway TaihuLight

• This supercomputer can perform 93 petaflop operations per second.

• It was developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC) and installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi.

• It displaced the Tianhe-2, an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer that has claimed the top spot on the previous six TOP500 lists.

• With 10649600 computing cores comprising 40960 nodes, is twice as fast and three times as efficient as Tianhe-2.

• Sunway TaihuLight demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems as it is completely based on homegrown processors.

List of TOP5 Supercomputers

Rank

System

Country

Speed (PFLOP/S)

1

Sunway TaihuLight

China

93

2

Tianhe-2

China

34

3

Titan

The USA

17

4

Sequoia

The USA

17

5

K

Japan

10

Supercomputers in India

Rank

System

Organisation

Speed (PFLOP/S)

109

SERC

IISc, Bangalore

0.90

185

TIFR-Cray XC30

ILGTI-TIFR

0.55

217

HP Apollo 6000

IIT-Delhi

0.52

337

PARAM Yuva-II

C-DAC

0.38

396

Cluster Platform

IIT-Kanpur

0.34

413

Cluster Platform

CSIR-4PI

0.33

434

Cluster Platform

NCMRWF, Noida

0.31

438

Cluster Platform

IT Service provider

0.31

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