Earlier this week China’s Sunway TaihuLight has become the world’s fastest supercomputer leaving behind it’s own successor Tianhe-2 which topped the list for 6 consecutive times.Made from only China-based chips,China has once again proved that it is much ahead of US in terms of supercomputing.There were days when china; did not name even a single supercomputer in TOP500 supercomputer in the world.Gone are those days now.Today China claims 167 systems in the list of TOP500 Supercomputer announced during International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) this week.It’s not only that it is ahead of US,but its fastest machine is five times more advanced than that of US fastest machine can muster.
If you think a supercomputer is just like your machine on which you play FIFA is just a misconception.Though it contains all the elements which are there on your Mac but in large amounts with more connections.For reference, your Mac contains four cores while Mira(World’s sixth fastest supercomputer) harnesses just under 800,000.Yes, we are talking that big and Sunway TaihuLight is none another than that.
The Sunway TaihuLight has the ShenWei SW26010 processor, a gigantic 260-core chip. Each chip delivers a performance of 3 teraflops.It has its peak performance of 125 petaflops, 10,649,600 cores, and 1.31 petabytes of primary memory.Isn’t it huge?
With Sunway TaihuLight, China has also become the first country to make a supercomputer that passes 100 petaflops in performance.It contains 10.6 million cores which are three times than Tianhe-2 and ingest 15.37MW under peak performance.
This supercomputer is funded by China’s State High-Tech Development Plan and developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC) and is installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi.
The investment of china in supercomputing has been proved both significant and effective.Around 15 years ago there was no name of china in TOP500.But now it owns 167 systems in the same list.The latest list marks the first time since the inception of the TOP500 that the U.S 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 U.S. is second with 165.