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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Supercomputers: China No. 1 & 2 - Japan No. 5

China’s Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer has just been crowned the fastest supercomputer in the world, nearly tripling its nearest competitor, another Chinese machine, and beating the fifth-place Japanese supercomputer with speeds over nine times faster.

The Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer (see image above) has 10,649,600 computing cores and has a top computing speed of just over 93 quadrillion calculations per second.

Along with its speed, the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is also hailed as being three times more efficient than No. 2.

Designed and created by the Chinese National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology, the supercomputer was brought on line at the National Supercomputing Center, Wuxi, in east China's Jiangsu province.

Using a Chinese-developed computer core chip just 25 square centimeters (3.8 square inches) in size, the new computer achieved a Rmax rating on the LPACK (Linear PACKage of algebra routines – the benchmark against which supercomputers are measured) of 93,014,594 megaflops per second.

I’m no computer genius, but I have been called a rocket scientist, but 93 petaflops is equal to 93 quadrillion flops per second - which is how many calculations it can make in a second. One second. 

As for Japan… I’m pretty sure there’s no shame in having the fifth fastest supercomputer, but what do I know… I was first on the pre-Internet back in the late 1970s with my dial-in computer modem, message boarding with profs and university students in the U.S. and Europe.

Japan’s Top Supercomputer
K computer, SPARC64 VIIIfx 2.0GHz, Tofu interconnect
Site: RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS)
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Cores: 705,024
Linpack Performance (Rmax): 10,510 TFlop/s
Theoretical Peak (Rpeak): 11,280.4 TFlop/s
Nmax: 11,870,208
Power: 12,659.89 kW
Memory: 1,410,048 GB
Processor: SPARC64 VIIIfx 8C 2GHz
Interconnect: Custom Interconnect
Operating System: Linux

For your viewing pleasure, here are the positions of Japan’s super computers within the Top 100 around the world.




For a list of the Top 500 global supercomputers, click HERE.

Andrew Joseph


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