China boasts world's second-fastest supercomputer

Jun 01, 2010
A man uses a computer in Beijing. China's ambitions to become a major global power in the world of supercomputing were given a boost when one of its machines was ranked second-fastest in a survey.

China's ambitions to become a major global power in the world of supercomputing were given a boost when one of its machines was ranked second-fastest in a survey.

The Nebulae machine at the National Supercomputing Centre in the southern city of Shenzhen can perform at 1.271 per second, according to the Top 500 survey (http://www.top500.org), which ranks supercomputers.

A petaflop is equivalent to 1,000 trillion calculations.

The United States still dominates the list, holding top spot with its Jaguar supercomputer at a government facility in Tennessee, and more than half of the systems on the list, released at a conference in Germany.

But China has a total of 24 systems on the list, and two in the top ten, with the Tianhe-1 in Tianjin ranking number seven.

And the Nebulae, built by Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd., has a theoretical speed of 2.98 petaflops per second, which would make it the fastest in the world.

The machine's uses include and gene sequencing, according to Chinese state media.

Calls to the company for further comment went unanswered.

The supercomputers on the Top 500 list are rated based on speed of performance in a benchmark test. Submissions are voluntary, so it does not include all machines.

The survey is produced twice-yearly.

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More information: TOP500: http://www.top500.org

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scratchydog
1 / 5 (2) Jun 01, 2010
It will probally break down within a year, like there other electronics....
RobertKLR
1 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2010
So it is voluntary and not every computer gets tested. Who actually performs the test? The reason I ask is that it is no secret that China plays fast and loose with the truth about their achievements and is mighty quick to photoshop a job also. By the way Scratchydog, the Chinese are using Intel and Nvidia processors. Technically that is American.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2010
can perform at 1.271 petaflops per second


*sigh*

What's the matter with people these days? Petaflops per second, really?? Would that be like MPH per hour?
EvgenijM
not rated yet Jun 02, 2010
can perform at 1.271 petaflops per second


*sigh*

What's the matter with people these days? Petaflops per second, really?? Would that be like MPH per hour?


Would be a dream come true, if there was a computer that becomes faster as he computes :)
trekgeek1
not rated yet Jun 02, 2010
I can't wait for 20 years to pass. Then we'll all be watching this on the history channel laughing because kids toys will do 3 Petaflops.
Satviewer2000
5 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2010
It will probally (sic) break down within a year, like there (sic) other electronics....

Is that similar to the ranking of Chrysler and GM cars near the bottom of virtually every vehicle reliability list? Aren't these cars "Made in America"? I suppose American spelling and grammar classes should also be ranked at the same time. I haven't seen a "Made in USA" stamp on any CPU I've bought in a long time.

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