For The Fourth Time, China Wins Fastest Supercomputer Crown

For the fourth consecutive year, China has retained the top spot in the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers for its Tianhe-2, according to a biannual Top500 list released today.Tianhe-2, which means ‘Milky Way-2’ in Chinese, was developed by China’s National University of Defence Technology. It can operate at 33.86 petaflops per second (Pflop/s), the equivalent of 33,860 quadrillion calculations per second.

The updated list came close on the heels of an announcement last week by the US that it will spend $325 million on building two supercomputers, which will be three to five times faster than Tianhe-2.

Super computer Titan, installed at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, remains the No. 2 system with a performance of 17.59 Pflop/s.

The No. 3 spot was acquired by Sequoia, installed at the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Japan’s K computer was also inducted in the top five.

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