China's Sunway TaihuLight named world's fastest supercomputer

Nov 19, 2016 08:28 IST

China’s Sunway TaihuLight was recently declared the world’s fastest supercomputer. The revelation was made in the latest edition of the semi-annual TOP500 Supercomputer list that was released on 14 November 2016.

It is the eighth time in a row that a Chinese-made computer has taken the semi-annual TOP500 crown. It is also the first time a Chinese supercomputer has won without any U.S. processors or technology.

The TOP500 list is considered one of the most authoritative rankings of the world’s supercomputers. It is compiled on the basis of the machines’ performance on the Linpack benchmark by experts from U.S. and Germany.

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Top 5 Super Computers in TOP500 list

An Intel-based Chinese Tianhe-2 supercomputer is on the second position in the list. It can perform calculations with processing speed of 33.86 Pflops.

• Supercomputer Titan of the US Department of Energy (DOE) is on the third place. It has a performance of 17.59 Pflops.

• IBM Sequoia Supercomputer system installed at US DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory grabbed the fourth position in the list.

The Cori supercomputer is on the fifth position on the list. It is a new system installed at US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It has a performance of 14.0 petaflop/s.

About Sunway TaihuLight

The Sunway TaihuLight is also ranked as the third most energy-efficient supercomputer in TOP500, with an efficiency of 6051.30 MFLOPS/W.

The machine is designed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology.

It is located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, China.

It is capable of performing 93 million-billion calculations per second, which is almost three times as fast as the second-ranked Tianhe-2.

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