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New Chinese Computer is World's Fastest
Jun 25, 2016

A Chinese supercomputer has been named the world's fastest computer for the seventh year in a row–but unlike previous winners, this year's champion uses only Chinese-designed processors, representing a decline of US dominance in the field.

Key Features

  • The new titleholder, the Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, is developed by China's National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology.
  • The supercomputer uses Chinese-developed ShenWei processors.
  • It is capable of 93 petaflops, or 93 quadrillion calculations per second.
  • It is designed for use in engineering and research, including in the fields of climate, weather, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics.
  • The TaihuLight was introduced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Other countries with computers in the Top 10 were Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and Saudi Arabia
  • In addition to beating out US computers, China also surpassed the US for the first time as the country with the most supercomputers in the top 500.
  • China had 167 systems and the US had 165.
  • Japan took third place with 29 systems.

Defined as a computer that performs at or near the highest operational rate for computers, supercomputers are one of a series of technologies being used by China for development. The technologies have received huge financial support in the country.

As the first No. 1 system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems.


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